Strawberry Salad Forever (Sound Like a Song?)

My guests are still here which leaves me very little time for writing.  The weather over the weekend was a little disappointing, but we still managed to have fun.  Having company is not a good thing for my St. Lucia bathing suit look.  I tend to indulge people with too much alcohol and food.  If I indulge them, I indulge myself while I'm at it.  Our house?  Has been one big par-tay lately.

I was told I'm very amusing after sipping only very small quantities of vodka.  What do you think of that? Do any of you find that to be shocking or surprising news?

Also, I think I'm really neurotic.

Are you thinking Doh!??  

I have a really hard time sleeping with people in my house.  It makes no sense whatsoever, but it happens every time we have house guests.  As a result, I'm pretty much running on empty at this point.  Once everyone leaves I'll probably snooze for a good 12 hours.  Do you have that problem too?  House guest insomnia?

Years ago, a good friend of mine invited me over for a barbecue.  

Wait a minute – time out ….

Here in California, a barbecue is what many of you call a cook-out.  Or what some of you refer to as having people over to grill.  Which, to me, sounds like an interrogation or cannibalism, but what do I know?

Anyway, my friend served the most delicious and somewhat unusual strawberry salad. My family went bonkers-crazy for it.  She was kind enough to share the recipe.  I've fixed it for years now and my family loves it as much as ever.  It's a frequent side dish when we invite people over for barbecues.  I've never met a person who hasn't loved it.  In fact, one of my good friends promised me her husband would hate it because he's very picky and refuses to eat a few of the salad ingredients.

He not only ate the salad, he went back for seconds.  And thirds.  And he insisted his wife get the recipe.  She now makes it for him frequently herself.

I've only given out one recipe here before (pumpkin chocolate chip cookies).  However, I served this salad last weekend to my guests and it disappeared in record time once again.  I thought it might be a recipe many of you could use in upcoming months at picnics and barbecues. We grow a lot of strawberries locally here, and this salad will give you a little taste of California.

Look for fresh, red, plump, strawberries at the store or your local farmer's market.  I don't follow the recipe quantities exactly, but the recipe is a good guideline as a starting point.  Also, I frequently make the dressing ahead of time to cut down on my "day of the party" chores.  OK, here it is ….

Strawberry Salad

The Dressing:

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
3/4 cup sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Mix all dressing ingredients together until sugar has dissolved.  Shake well before using.

The Salad:

1 large head romaine lettuce torn or chopped (no iceberg!)
1 pint strawberries halved (I use more)
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 medium red onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts 

Mix all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.  Add the dressing right before serving so it doesn't get soggy.

This salad is a great accompaniment to steak, burgers, or just about anything else you might choose to throw on the grill.

Enjoy!

© Twenty Four At Heart

72 Responses to “Strawberry Salad Forever (Sound Like a Song?)”

  1. Megatonlove

    Guests are hazardous to my waistline. Trouble is, when the guests have decamped the expanded waistline stays on. I don’t get house guest insomnia because I’m worn out from cleaning, cooking and staying up too late. Instead, when we have guests, I get up super early and I am scary in the mornings. So I generally act like a sub-chirpy zombie until my 3rd mug of coffee, and this makes them nervous and over-cheerful which in turn makes me Shrekier.
    Recipe sounds yummy! I’ll try it when strawberry season comes in May.

  2. Megatonlove

    Guests are hazardous to my waistline. Trouble is, when the guests have decamped the expanded waistline stays on. I don’t get house guest insomnia because I’m worn out from cleaning, cooking and staying up too late. Instead, when we have guests, I get up super early and I am scary in the mornings. So I generally act like a sub-chirpy zombie until my 3rd mug of coffee, and this makes them nervous and over-cheerful which in turn makes me Shrekier.
    Recipe sounds yummy! I’ll try it when strawberry season comes in May.

  3. Megatonlove

    Guests are hazardous to my waistline. Trouble is, when the guests have decamped the expanded waistline stays on. I don’t get house guest insomnia because I’m worn out from cleaning, cooking and staying up too late. Instead, when we have guests, I get up super early and I am scary in the mornings. So I generally act like a sub-chirpy zombie until my 3rd mug of coffee, and this makes them nervous and over-cheerful which in turn makes me Shrekier.
    Recipe sounds yummy! I’ll try it when strawberry season comes in May.

  4. di

    I’ve eaten similar salads at restaurants numerous times and loved them…. even made it at home a few times…. highly recommend it for a great springtime or summer salad!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  5. di

    I’ve eaten similar salads at restaurants numerous times and loved them…. even made it at home a few times…. highly recommend it for a great springtime or summer salad!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  6. di

    I’ve eaten similar salads at restaurants numerous times and loved them…. even made it at home a few times…. highly recommend it for a great springtime or summer salad!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  7. Lori

    I love salads and this one sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to make it. I think I will make it sometime soon for the woman that I take care of every day…she will love it! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I too have a hard time sleeping when I have guests…glad I’m not the only one!

  8. Lori

    I love salads and this one sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to make it. I think I will make it sometime soon for the woman that I take care of every day…she will love it! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I too have a hard time sleeping when I have guests…glad I’m not the only one!

  9. Lori

    I love salads and this one sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to make it. I think I will make it sometime soon for the woman that I take care of every day…she will love it! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I too have a hard time sleeping when I have guests…glad I’m not the only one!

  10. Kari-Mel

    OMG sounds heavenly! I’m always looking for the perfect “salad” recipe to go along with things for bbq’s!
    Hopefully with all that’s going on in our family this year we’ll have time to enjoy things like this!

  11. Kari-Mel

    OMG sounds heavenly! I’m always looking for the perfect “salad” recipe to go along with things for bbq’s!
    Hopefully with all that’s going on in our family this year we’ll have time to enjoy things like this!

  12. Kari-Mel

    OMG sounds heavenly! I’m always looking for the perfect “salad” recipe to go along with things for bbq’s!
    Hopefully with all that’s going on in our family this year we’ll have time to enjoy things like this!

  13. Jan

    Okay, I’m wiping drool off of my chin…and scribbling this down. I do believe I’ll be making it in the very near future since I have all of the ingredients on hand.
    Now I have to go find some breakfast before I start chewing on my keyboard.

  14. Jan

    Okay, I’m wiping drool off of my chin…and scribbling this down. I do believe I’ll be making it in the very near future since I have all of the ingredients on hand.
    Now I have to go find some breakfast before I start chewing on my keyboard.

  15. Jan

    Okay, I’m wiping drool off of my chin…and scribbling this down. I do believe I’ll be making it in the very near future since I have all of the ingredients on hand.
    Now I have to go find some breakfast before I start chewing on my keyboard.

  16. Sarah

    Okay it honestly doesnt sound all that good. But because I will believe anything I read I believe that it is delicious and I just copied down the recipe for the many family renuions this Summer. Can’t wait!! : )

  17. Sarah

    Okay it honestly doesnt sound all that good. But because I will believe anything I read I believe that it is delicious and I just copied down the recipe for the many family renuions this Summer. Can’t wait!! : )

  18. Sarah

    Okay it honestly doesnt sound all that good. But because I will believe anything I read I believe that it is delicious and I just copied down the recipe for the many family renuions this Summer. Can’t wait!! : )

  19. dogmother

    Sounds yummy. Soon it will be strawberry picking time!
    Ya, as a native Californian displaced to Appalachia, I had a time trying to figure out the barbeque terms of the region….like “grilling out”. Would you grill in?

  20. dogmother

    Sounds yummy. Soon it will be strawberry picking time!
    Ya, as a native Californian displaced to Appalachia, I had a time trying to figure out the barbeque terms of the region….like “grilling out”. Would you grill in?

  21. dogmother

    Sounds yummy. Soon it will be strawberry picking time!
    Ya, as a native Californian displaced to Appalachia, I had a time trying to figure out the barbeque terms of the region….like “grilling out”. Would you grill in?

  22. Kelly

    Yum. Sounds similar to a salad I’ve had. Can’t wait to try. It’s strawberry season in S. Calif already, isn’t it?

  23. Kelly

    Yum. Sounds similar to a salad I’ve had. Can’t wait to try. It’s strawberry season in S. Calif already, isn’t it?

  24. Kelly

    Yum. Sounds similar to a salad I’ve had. Can’t wait to try. It’s strawberry season in S. Calif already, isn’t it?

  25. Linda

    Sounds fantastic! and looks like something even I could make:) Thanks for sharing…I’ve already sent it to my “Martha Stewart” sister to try too.

  26. Linda

    Sounds fantastic! and looks like something even I could make:) Thanks for sharing…I’ve already sent it to my “Martha Stewart” sister to try too.

  27. Linda

    Sounds fantastic! and looks like something even I could make:) Thanks for sharing…I’ve already sent it to my “Martha Stewart” sister to try too.

  28. Grace

    This sounds so refreshing! I’ll definitely need to make this yummy sounding dish for Easter brunch with my dreaded in-laws.

  29. Grace

    This sounds so refreshing! I’ll definitely need to make this yummy sounding dish for Easter brunch with my dreaded in-laws.

  30. Grace

    This sounds so refreshing! I’ll definitely need to make this yummy sounding dish for Easter brunch with my dreaded in-laws.

  31. Tricia

    This does sound wonderful, minus the onion. Blah.
    Hope you get some sleep soon.

  32. Tricia

    This does sound wonderful, minus the onion. Blah.
    Hope you get some sleep soon.

  33. Tricia

    This does sound wonderful, minus the onion. Blah.
    Hope you get some sleep soon.

  34. sometimessophia

    I tried the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and they were to die for, so I am anxious to try this new recipe of yours. Our boys love strawberries in their salads. This sounds like a fabulous variation. Thanks.
    ps… rest easy…zzz

  35. sometimessophia

    I tried the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and they were to die for, so I am anxious to try this new recipe of yours. Our boys love strawberries in their salads. This sounds like a fabulous variation. Thanks.
    ps… rest easy…zzz

  36. sometimessophia

    I tried the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and they were to die for, so I am anxious to try this new recipe of yours. Our boys love strawberries in their salads. This sounds like a fabulous variation. Thanks.
    ps… rest easy…zzz

  37. Deb

    Yum. I love strawberries. It looks like kind of an unusual mix of ingredients. From past experience, those are usually the best recipes!

  38. Deb

    Yum. I love strawberries. It looks like kind of an unusual mix of ingredients. From past experience, those are usually the best recipes!

  39. Deb

    Yum. I love strawberries. It looks like kind of an unusual mix of ingredients. From past experience, those are usually the best recipes!

  40. Midlife Slices

    This sounds like a recipe we’d all like. Can’t wait until we get some good strawberries here, which could be a while. Thanks!

  41. Midlife Slices

    This sounds like a recipe we’d all like. Can’t wait until we get some good strawberries here, which could be a while. Thanks!

  42. Midlife Slices

    This sounds like a recipe we’d all like. Can’t wait until we get some good strawberries here, which could be a while. Thanks!

  43. Pseudo

    Mmmmm Sounds yummy 24. I’m on spring break this week, so I have time to make some food and a salad sound delicious.

  44. Pseudo

    Mmmmm Sounds yummy 24. I’m on spring break this week, so I have time to make some food and a salad sound delicious.

  45. Pseudo

    Mmmmm Sounds yummy 24. I’m on spring break this week, so I have time to make some food and a salad sound delicious.

  46. emmysuh

    I love a sweet but tangy salad and this sounds perfect — I’ll have to try it sometime!

  47. emmysuh

    I love a sweet but tangy salad and this sounds perfect — I’ll have to try it sometime!

  48. emmysuh

    I love a sweet but tangy salad and this sounds perfect — I’ll have to try it sometime!

  49. EricaB/CrazyMomma

    I have to tell you that sounds not so appetizing.
    However, I tried the pumpkin chocolate cookies (that I also didn’t think sounded all that good) and I loved them. So, alas, I will try it once strawberries are in season around here.
    I hope that you are able to get back into your routine soon enough.

  50. EricaB/CrazyMomma

    I have to tell you that sounds not so appetizing.
    However, I tried the pumpkin chocolate cookies (that I also didn’t think sounded all that good) and I loved them. So, alas, I will try it once strawberries are in season around here.
    I hope that you are able to get back into your routine soon enough.

  51. EricaB/CrazyMomma

    I have to tell you that sounds not so appetizing.
    However, I tried the pumpkin chocolate cookies (that I also didn’t think sounded all that good) and I loved them. So, alas, I will try it once strawberries are in season around here.
    I hope that you are able to get back into your routine soon enough.

  52. Binks

    You are right, that salad is the bomb. In fact, for a very long time, I could not eat a salad unless it had strawberries in it.
    My version has balsamic vinegarette. (the easy version is good seasons italian packet with balsalmic instead of regular vinegar).
    Yum!

  53. Binks

    You are right, that salad is the bomb. In fact, for a very long time, I could not eat a salad unless it had strawberries in it.
    My version has balsamic vinegarette. (the easy version is good seasons italian packet with balsalmic instead of regular vinegar).
    Yum!

  54. Binks

    You are right, that salad is the bomb. In fact, for a very long time, I could not eat a salad unless it had strawberries in it.
    My version has balsamic vinegarette. (the easy version is good seasons italian packet with balsalmic instead of regular vinegar).
    Yum!

  55. Mama Dawg

    Other than substituting spinach for romaine lettuce, I’m all over that. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Mama Dawg

    Other than substituting spinach for romaine lettuce, I’m all over that. Thanks for sharing!

  57. Mama Dawg

    Other than substituting spinach for romaine lettuce, I’m all over that. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Helena

    Sounds great! I don’t think I can get hold of Monterey Jack cheese here. There’s only friggin’ cheddar. But I get the feel for it…

  59. Helena

    Sounds great! I don’t think I can get hold of Monterey Jack cheese here. There’s only friggin’ cheddar. But I get the feel for it…

  60. Helena

    Sounds great! I don’t think I can get hold of Monterey Jack cheese here. There’s only friggin’ cheddar. But I get the feel for it…

  61. Chris

    I’ll be trying your salad this weekend. I love to bring something new to parties! Thanks for sharing!

  62. Chris

    I’ll be trying your salad this weekend. I love to bring something new to parties! Thanks for sharing!

  63. Chris

    I’ll be trying your salad this weekend. I love to bring something new to parties! Thanks for sharing!

  64. thistle

    Where i live is the best place in the world for strawberries…i will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing!

  65. thistle

    Where i live is the best place in the world for strawberries…i will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing!

  66. thistle

    Where i live is the best place in the world for strawberries…i will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing!

  67. thistle

    um…that should have said ‘the best place in the world for growing strawberries’….
    seriously…world famous…
    but i will still give California credit for the recipe 😉

  68. thistle

    um…that should have said ‘the best place in the world for growing strawberries’….
    seriously…world famous…
    but i will still give California credit for the recipe 😉

  69. thistle

    um…that should have said ‘the best place in the world for growing strawberries’….
    seriously…world famous…
    but i will still give California credit for the recipe 😉

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