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Grilled Balsamic Strawberry Salad

Grilled Balsamic Strawberry Salad

I had this grand plan to grill peaches and strawberries today - but when I got home from work and cut open the peaches they were horrible. HORRIBLE. They were woody and brown. :( 

Thankfully the strawberries were fabulous and went perfectly in this grilled balsamic strawberry salad. We're moving into strawberry season, so berries are tasting so much better these days. I still eat them in winter, but they're just not at their best. 

Grilled Balsamic Strawberry Salad. Vegan | Vegetarian | Quick & Easy | Side Salad | Light Lunch

This salad is light + fresh + extremely simple. It's everything a spring salad should be. I highly recommend a mix of greens - I used arugula and spinach. The arugula gives it such a nice peppery kick. 

So in my effort to get better food into my life (I'm not kidding when I say I ate only jelly beans till noon on Saturday), I did a major grocery shop yesterday. I have a bunch of recipes for spiralized zucchini I want to try, so I bought 10 large zucchini. One whole shelf of the fridge is just zucchini. I made a raw vegan pad thai last night because I couldn't have that many zucchini staring back at me. It was only okay. I was hoping it was a recipe I could share on the blog, but it just didn't live up to the standards I'd like to keep. 

Quite a few recipes haven't made the blog - either because they're too ugly or because they're just a bit off. My husband and I will usually look at each other and after a few seconds of saying, "Hmmm hmmmm", I say, "Nope, not blog worthy!" I'm saving the truly hideous photos for an end of the year roundup - Fails of 2016. I absolutely cannot wait to write it. There are some truly special photos to share... 

Grilled Balsamic Strawberry Salad. Vegan | Vegetarian | Quick & Easy | Side Salad | Light Lunch
Grilled Balsamic Strawberry Salad. Vegan | Vegetarian | Quick & Easy | Side Salad | Light Lunch

Grilled Balsamic Strawberry Salad

Makes 1 serving | Prep Time: 3 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

5 strawberries, halved 

2 tablespoons balsamic glaze*

1/2 cup diced cucumber

2 cups mixed greens (I used arugula & spinach)

1/4 cup chopped pistachios

2 tablespoons pine nuts

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil

pinch of salt & pepper

1/4 cup julienned mint
 

Instructions

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. 

Weave the strawberries on to small skewers and once the grill pan is hot, place them flat in pan. 

Pour balsamic glaze over strawberries. Flip berries after one minute. Cook for one more minute. Remove from heat. 

Add cucumber, mixed greens, strawberries, pistachios, and pine nuts to a bowl. 

Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. 

Pour dressing on top of salad, garnish with mint, and serve immediately. 

*Balsamic reduction can be used in place of balsamic glaze. 


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