A simple salad with complex flavors of goat cheese, strawberries and prosciutto then tossed in a sweet balsamic vinaigrette!
I have a small problem.
Whenever I go to my favorite restaurant for a bit of a break from my kitchen, I gravitate towards my usual. My beloved entree that I know will not serve me wrong.
But it is such a double edge sword.
There is the angel on my shoulder whispering in my ear to go with what I know and I will be satisfied with. Then the devil on my shoulder is shouting, “Oh step out on that ledge and be daring! Order that new and mysterious meal. You know you want to!”
Why must it be so stinkin hard to just order those daily specials that make your mouth water? For the sheer fact that if it ends up being less than stellar as my mind (and hopefully the waiter) made me believe, I will be left with a broken heart and less than satisfied belly.
Or even worse, food envy.
Oh the fear. How much worse can it be to branch out to order a new dish, end up less than impressed and to finish it off, everyone else’s food just makes your mouth water. Ugh.
And now you know why I cringe at the thought of straying from my typical.
Enter said salad. I order this salad whenever it is on the menu for its simple, yet complex flavors. I feel the strawberries don’t need much explaining. So sweet and juicy. I secretly hope they go heavy handed on the strawberries.
I have a love of goat cheese and strawberries. The creamy, tangy goat cheese is the ying to the yang for strawberries. The saltiness from the cheese only intensifies the sweetness of the strawberries. Along with goat cheese and strawberries, the typical salad usually comes with bacon; do we need to explain this one? The crunch from the bacon, the creaminess from the cheese and the sweetness from the strawberries all send your taste buds for a roller coaster. But one that you don’t lose your stomach as you take that massive dip…
The dressing is a simple balsamic vinaigrette made out of ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. And the best part is, you don’t need to blend or whisk the dressing like most; rather it all into a glass container or mason jar and give it a good shake. Then when ready to serve, just reshake to blend everything once more and you are good to go! How easy is that?
This salad makes the most out of last bit of summer strawberries before you have to start scarifying flavor for the love of some fresh fruit. Or before the price skyrockets.
Either way, I will still be hoarding all the strawberries so there is no food envy or broken hearts here!
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 4 slices thin prosciutto
- 2 ounces crumble goat cheese
- 2 ounces smoked almonds
- ¼ cup balsamic dressing
- Turn broiler on high.
- Lay prosciutto out onto a small baking sheet. Place in oven, under broiler.
- Broil until prosciutto is crispy, about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it, it goes quickly!
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Meanwhile, divide the spinach among two bowls.
- Top with strawberries, goat cheese and almonds.
- When prosciutto is cooled, crumble and add to salads.
- Top with balsamic dressing and serve.
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