Our friends over at WestUniversityMoms.Com shared a delicious strawberry summer salad that has us salivating as we type.

It is a simple salad with few ingredients. How easy is that! I often find myself rushing around all morning, getting my kids fed and down for a nap, only to realize (once the house is quiet and I can hear my hunger cues) that I have no energy to make myself something for lunch. This quick and yummy salad has been my saving grace during these busy summer days (and my half empty fridge).

Strawberry Basil Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. strawberries washed and sliced into thin pieces
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 bunch of fresh Basil, chopped

For the Dressing:

  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1/4 tsp sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Strawberry juice *see how to make below*

Optional Toppings:

  • Slivered almonds or sunflower seeds
  • Feta cheese

Directions

Wash and slice up your strawberries and place them in a large Ziploc bag, don’t worry if they are still wet -this will actually help make the strawberry juice! Place the 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl and heat in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds, stir to combine and then pour the honey water into the bag with the strawberries. Move the bag around to combine, then place the bag in the refrigerator to let the strawberries marinate for at least 1 hour or whenever ready to make the salad.

Place the olive oil, lemon juice, shallots and salt and pepper into a jar or bowl and whisk. Set aside or in the fridge until ready to make the salad.

Add the mixed greens and chopped basil into a large bowl. Drain the juice from the strawberries into the dressing jar and whisk to combine.

Add the strawberries into the salad bowl and toss with the desired amount of dressing. Divide into bowls and sprinkle some slivered almonds, sunflower seeds or feta cheese on top if desired.

Recipe Courtesy of Guest Blogger Jessica Van Sciver, Happy Fit Belly

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