Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Apple Banana Butter Vinaigrette Recipe


The Salad:

  • 1 1⁄4 cups of fresh strawberries, meticulously hulled and sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, skillfully peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 2 1⁄4 cups of arugula or a blend of mixed greens
  • 1⁄4 cup of toasted pine nuts
  • 1⁄4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • Fresh lavender blossoms for an optional, tasteful garnish

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Akaka Falls Farm Apple Banana Butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Instructions:

Creation of the Vinaigrette:

  • In a small bowl, delicately blend the extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, honey, and Akaka Falls Farm Apple Banana Butter.
  • Vigorously whisk the mixture until it attains a harmonious consistency.
  • Season the vinaigrette with a pinch of salt and a dash of freshly ground black pepper. Taste and adjust the sweetness or acidity to your preference. Reserve the vinaigrette for later use.

Construction of the Salad:

  • In a spacious salad bowl, artfully unite the arugula or mixed greens, the meticulously sliced strawberries, and the skillfully sliced avocado.
  • Drizzle the honey-lavender vinaigrette gracefully over the salad, ensuring even coverage of the ingredients.
  • Gently toss the salad to ensure each component is impeccably coated with the vinaigrette.
  • Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts and the delightful crumbles of feta cheese over the salad, adding a delightful layer of flavor and texture.
  • If desired, bestow a tasteful garnish with fresh lavender blossoms, enhancing the salad’s presentation with a touch of sophistication.

Presentation and Serving:

  • Divide the Strawberry and Avocado Salad among individual serving plates, presenting a delightful medley of colors and textures.
  • Serve the salad promptly while it retains its freshness and vibrant appeal, allowing you to savor the captivating blend of sweet, creamy, and tangy flavors.

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