I rarely eat food at big pot lucks. The idea of unknown people cooking food in kitchens unfamiliar to me totally creeps me out. If I do eat, I pick things that would require little tasting and finger dipping like salads and layered dips. Something like meatloaf or chili made by someone I don’t know would never, ever enter my lips. I’ve got issues. I know.
Anyway, a stranger made this almond and strawberry salad salad at a bridal shower I was at once and not only did I eat it, but I stalked her for the recipe. It’s crazy easy and really delicious. The sweetness of the strawberries, crunchiness of the nuts and garlic tang of the dressing is a magical combination. It’s great on its own or topped with chicken salad (I make a kick ass one.)
Here’s what you need for the salad:
5oz container of mixed greens
1 box strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted.
For the dressing:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons sugar
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
To make it: Just puree the dressing ingredients in a blender and mix with the lettuce, strawberries and almonds. That’s it.