Sweet, ripe strawberries and apple slices are the stars in this delicious summer salad. Tangy feta cheese and crispy walnuts complement a mix of organic baby salad greens and help to balance out the sweetness of the fruit.
Beautiful salads are easy to create when you use a glass trifle bowl. Simple layer the ingredients in a pleasing pattern to create a stunning salad that looks as fabulous as it tastes!
- 12 ounces of your favorite organic salad greens (I like to use an organic baby lettuce mix)
- 2 medium-to-large organic apples, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pound of fresh organic strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup of organic feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/3 cup crispy walnut pieces
- Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- Line the bottom edge of the dish with strawberry slices to create a pretty border.
- Then add salad greens to hold the strawberry slices in place.
- Add a row of apple slices on top of the strawberries. Then, top the greens with a handful of apple slices.
- Repeat this process, adding one more layer of strawberries, salad greens and apple slices.
- Top the salad with remaining strawberries, apple slices, feta and walnuts.
- Serve with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Yum!
Make-it-a-Meal: This salad makes a delicious light dinner when topped with diced grilled chicken. Serve with a side of almond flour biscuits and cultured butter.
This sounds like a yummy summer salad. I’ve never thought to use both apple & strawberry together in a salad!
What are crispy walnut pieces? Walnuts toasted in a pan? I usually just toss raw nuts into my salad so I wonder what the difference is.
Hi, Amy. You can certainly use raw, roasted or toasted walnuts in this recipe. Crispy walnuts are raw walnuts that you soak and then dry. This process of soaking helps to remove some of the anti nutrients in nuts that are hard on the GI tract and can interfere with the absorption of certain minerals. Here’s an article that explains: http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-benefits-of-soaking-nuts-and-seeds Thanks for taking time to leave a note! Hope you enjoy this recipe! Blessings, Kelly 🙂
Do I need a dehydrator to dry the nuts, or can I dry them in the oven?
I dry mine in the oven for now, but am saving to get a good excalibur dehydrator. If you’re wanting to keep them technically raw, you need to be able to dry them at temps lower than 118 degrees. Or you can roast them, if that’s not a concern at higher temps so the process does not take as long. If drying in your oven, use convection if you have it, it helps a lot to move the air around. Ideally, if you’re going to be drying a lot of things, it’s best to have a dehydrator because they are specifically designed to do this more quickly and more cost-effectively than running an oven. Lots of blessings, Kelly 🙂
Thank you so much, Kelly!
Michelle @ The Willing Cook says
Pretty indeed! It looks so scrumptious. Can I come over for lunch? 🙂
I wish! That would be fun? Where are you located? I’m in Southern California. 🙂
I love your presentation. This is a fave of mine and my family but with some fresh twists. I love the presentation. Thank you for sharing. I jumped over here while visiting another’s where you where linked up too. Look forward to stopping back by. Great photography too.
Thanks so much! Glad to meet you! Hope you’ll pop back over for a visit soon! Blessings, Kelly 🙂
Sounds so delicious.
Thanks, Denise! Hope you enjoy it too! 🙂
Shasta Farrar says
Hi, I just found your blog through the Welcome Wednesday blog hop. Your salad looks delicious! I’m a huge fan of feta cheese in salads and I’m dying to try this one. Feta with strawberries and apples? Sounds heavenly! I’d love it if you would link this salad up to my link party. It’s called “What is your favorite Summer Recipe?” and this is such a good summer salad. Also, when you link at my blog, your link will also appear at another blog (shared linky party). Thanks!
Hi, Shasta! Welcome – great to meet you! I would be happy to link this for your readers to check out this salad too. So glad you’re excited to try it. Blessings, Kelly
This looks great, so fresh! 🙂
Thanks, Pam! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Susan Godfrey says
Thank you for linking up to Creative @ Home Wednesday! I hope you’ll come back by and share with us again this Wednesday! http://susangodfrey.com/category/home-family/creative-home/
Debbie @ Easy Natural Food says
GREAT combination of ingredients, I love all of these things! Drool-worthy and Pinned! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon!
Thanks, Debbie! I think your summer salad link-up is a great idea! Looking forward to visiting each week through summer! Blessings, Kelly
Your salad is beautiful! I featured it on yesterdays Hearth and Soul! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks so much, Elsa! So happy you enjoy it! 🙂 Blessings, Kelly
Great salad!! The chicken helped make the salad exceptional! My kids enjoyed it too.
Wonderful, Ann! Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind note. So glad you all enjoyed it! 🙂
I made this for dinner tonight. I served it with some leftover chicken breast I had and it was delicious. I will be making this again and again. BTW I just used toasted pecans since that is what I had and it was still good.
Wonderful, Dana! So glad you all enjoyed this recipe! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a kind note! Blessings, Kelly 🙂
How far ahead can you make this salad without the apples turning brown?
Hi, Marge! That is always an issue with fruits like apples that oxidize quickly. If you’re wanting to make this ahead, I’d chop the lettuce and other ingredients, but keep all of the ingredients separate and assemble it just before serving (or no more than a couple hours before serving). A trick for keeping apples from browning as fast is to toss them in some pineapple juice and then store in an airtight container. Hope this helps! Lots of blessings, Kelly 🙂