This post is sponsored by California Strawberries.
Is summer calling your name yet? Do you have big plans coming up that you just can't wait for? Well, I am THERE. And when I say "there" I mean summer called, and I answered. I am officially off for the summer from teaching and I am so ready for a long break. With this break comes some extra mental space to dream about summer ingredients and recipes. This strawberry salad came to be from one of those such summer food dreams.
I like salads that feel like a meal with different textures, ingredients, and even temperatures. I love topping crisp, cold greens with something warm. It just mentally tells me "this is a full meal."
This strawberry salad is a culmination of everything I want in a salad. It truly is an all-in-one meal by providing fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein, seeds and even a little dairy. This WILL satisfy as a meal and even surprise you with the sweetness of the roasted strawberries bringing out more of the steak flavor. (This was actually feedback from one of my taste testers.)
Roasting strawberries low and slow is the way to go to maximize all their sweetness potential. I had not done this before testing this recipe and I am so glad I've discovered the magic of roasting strawberries. Now I know what to do with strawberries when they go super cheap at the grocery store this summer. ROAST them and put them on everything.
I especially like how in this salad, the roasted strawberry juice becomes all the dressing you need. I poured it all over my salad.
For the full recipe of my Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Peppered Steak Salad, visit this blog post on the California Strawberries Heart of Farmers blog. If you don't have time now, make sure you pin this puppy for later. It will be a show stopper at your next summer party. Promise.
To saying "yes" to summer,