Strawberry Basil Pecan Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing
 
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This Strawberry Basil Pecan Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing is a sweet and tangy summer salad bursting with fresh flavors and homemade croutons.
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
For Salad
  • 4-6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup candied pecans (or just toasted)
  • ½-1 cup basil leaves
For Croutons
  • 4 ounces high quality bread, such as pugliese, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
For Goat Cheese Dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons honey
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese (chevre)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
To make the Croutons
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, toss bread cubes with olive oil and oregano, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, turning halfway through baking.
To make the Goat Cheese Dressing
  1. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, goat cheese and water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve
  1. Add spinach, basil leaves, strawberries, pecans and croutons to a large bowl and toss together. Add dressing and toss to coat. Or you can serve the dressing on the side.
Recipe by Fox and Briar at https://www.foxandbriar.com/strawberry-basil-pecan-salad-goat-cheese-dressing/