By Literary Mom on June 25, 2009
Photo by Diana #2
Photo by Diana #2
"First place winner of the 2009 Craze-E contest. I created this simple yet sophisticated salad in the spirit of Mark Bittman's minimalist column in the NY Times. To dress up the presentation (though it's quite pretty as is), serve over a bed of greens. If you want to make it low calorie, replace the apple cider vinegar, sugar, and olive oil with one ingredient: a good balsamic vinegar."
Serving Size: 1 (176 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
"It was okay. I forgot to add the avocado so maybe that is why I found it just okay. I didn't like the dressing which is odd because usually all I use on my salads is red wine vinegar and oil. I am going to make it again though and do something different with dressing."
"A really nice salad. It has all the elements I like in a salad - contrasting flavors/textures and a little crunch. Great job!"
"I really loved this salad. . .made it 3 time already. I made it as written the first time and then the following 2 times I subbed dried basil for the tarragon. Also used almonds one time and candied pecans another. . .they were each good!"
"I loved the dressing for this salad. I used fresh tarragon from the garden instead of dried. The presentation was lovely. It wasn't as well received by the family as I'd hoped, however. Made for Craze-E Contest"
"Very pretty and colourful, and couldn't be easier to make. However, my taste buds felt it needed something...not exactly sure what though. You don't want anything too strong because you don't want to overpower the avocado nor the strawberries. I thought the tarragon would be enough, but maybe I need to increase the amount. I'll have to give that a try. Thanks for submitting such a creative entry, and good luck in the contest."
"This is an easy summer salad. I used fresh tarragon for the dressing and it was delicious. Good luck in the contest."
"THANK YOU! I just enjoyed the winning recipe! Love this except for the high fat content! It is so worth the extra workout!!!! And for the most part a healthy fat. To lower next time I would use 1/2 the avocado and up the strawberries. I did skip the sugar and didn`t miss it! Great job."
"I served this over a mix of spring greens and with grilled fish and a simple potato. The sweetness of the strawberries & then sharp feta taste were well balanced. I thought it was something one would see on a restaurant menu. My family liked the dressing as is, but I added cracked black pepper at the table."
"This was very simple to put together. The flavors went well together, and I found it very refreshing. The nuts added a nice crunch to the salad and was a good flavor compliment to the strawberries. The color combination was ascetically pleasing as well. A real keeper. I will definately make this one again!"