Super Green Salad with Strawberries

Monday, May 21, 2012


One of my favorite gals, Courtney over at The Fig Tree, thought up the fun idea of getting a bunch of food bloggers together for a Virtual Veggie Potluck!


Whenever I bring a dish to a potluck, I always make sure it's something I love, in case it's the only thing I can eat.  I know it's a bit cliche for a vegan to say, but I love freshly chopped salads.  So that's what I decided to make ;)

The salad is super simple to make, but it is really refreshing and delicious.  I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful spring produce which is now appearing in abundance at the grocery store.

Although I didn't include a protein in the salad, feel free to add your favorite nuts, seeds, or beans.  My favorite addition is warm, cooked quinoa and walnuts.  I have been making this salad the last two weeks for dinner and just cannot get enough of it!

Super Green Salad with Strawberries
1 bunch of kale (about 8 large leaves), stems removed and thinly sliced
1 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1 zucchini, finely chopped
1 bunch of asparagus, woody ends removed and chopped into 1/2" pieces
1 avocado, peeled, cubed, and tossed with lemon juice
1 pear, cut into 1/4-1/2" pieces
12 strawberries, cut into 1/4-1/2" pieces
sea salt

Place prepared kale into a large bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and massage until kale has significantly reduced in size and is brightly colored(learned this technique here).  Toss with cucumber, zucchini, asparagus, avocado, and pear.  Top with strawberries and lemon-olive oil dressing.

Lemon-Olive Oil Dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
pinch of sea salt

Whisk together ingredients.  Taste and adjust flavor according to preference.  Immediately dress salads or cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use.


Check out the other awesome bloggers involved in the Virtual Veggie Potluck!

The Fig Tree- Mango Avocado Salad with Pineapple Mint Dressing
Flavour Food and Wine- Broccoflower Guacamole
Fork and Beans- Stuffed Bell Peppers
The Healthy Wife- Lime Cilantro Black Bean Quinoa Salad
Hobby and More- Chard Cauliflower Carrot Wraps
Peaches and Cream- Big Bertha Burger
Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes- Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Crumb Bars
Vanilla and Spice- Avocado Potato Salad
VIMWAC- Vegan Chocolate and Banana Rolled Oat Bites
Will Cook for Friends- Peaches and Cream Parfaits

34 comments:

  1. How amazing is this salad? um SUPER amazing, just like the person that made it :)

    I would totally be in heaven if i showed up at a potluck and this salad was there!

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    1. well thank you, sweet lady <3 i'll share with you ;)

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  2. I love the combination of strawberries and avocado in salads, and adding all those other fresh green veggies to the mix sounds amazing! I agree with you about potlucks - I try to make a vegetarian dish that I know I will enjoy just in case there isn't much else for me to eat. If I brought your salad, I might not want to share at all!

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    1. strawberries and avocado are amazing together! one of my favorite pairings ;) we have very similar tastes ;)

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  3. This salad is just bursting with spring yumminess! I would be diving into this first thing if I saw it at a potluck! :)

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  4. Oooooo, I love how you have kale in this! Yes please. I will fill my plate up with this first and come back for seconds :)

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    1. kale is #1 for me in salads. always ;)

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  5. that looks so delicious!!! I've never thought of combining strawberries and avocado, but I bet it is outstanding!! I can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing such a delicious *and gorgeous* recipe!

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    1. aww, well thank you for the sweet comment and for visiting!

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  6. I love the way you plated this! It looks so fresh and summery!

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  7. Vegetarian/Vegan or not, I think fresh chopped salad might just be one of the best things to bring to a potluck...always so fresh and delicious! Cannot wait to throw this one together this summer, thanks for the inspiration. Lovely to meet you through this virtual party :)

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  8. So green and fresh! And nothing makes a more perfect dressing than a simple lemon vinaigrette. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. you're welcome! i agree, lemon vinaigrette is my all time favorite ;)

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  9. This looks amazing sweetie! :) I am so intrigued by the avocado and strawberry combo! I think this would make for the perfect salad to bring for lunch every day, because it's so loaded with the tastiest fruits + veggies. Looking forward to trying this one out!

    Thank you so much for participating in the potluck! :) Was so wonderful to have you contribute! You are always such an inspiration. xoxo :)

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    1. thank you for including me! i heart you <3

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  10. I am a picky eater.. so i am going to eat all of that cucumber kale straberries and avo and sneak the rest onto hubbs plate ;) i love the serving dish too!

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    1. haha..he won't mind, i'm sure. or even better- give it to me!

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  11. Wow!! That is a super green salad! What a great combination Caitlin...It looks so healthy, perfect to bring for a pot luck. I really can't wait to make this (among everything else!) Thank you so much for bringing this! Your photos are amazing!
    Helena

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  12. This sounds like a fantastic summer salad! As usual, I really want to try this recipe!

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  13. I completely agree with bringing something you love to share at potlucks. On Christmas, in addition to many other items, I brought along a huge kale salad. I knew that no one else in my family (except my husband) would actually want kale salad. (They think it's too bitter.) However, when I thought about what I wanted to enjoy on Christmas Day, that was it. It goes against the idea somewhat of bringing something that will change perceptions about a vegan diet, but what the hey. I like kale salad.

    Yours looks so springy and fresh! It had never occurred to me that one could eat asparagus raw. I've never had it like that; I always cook it. I can't wait to try your Super Green Salad!

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    1. i'm with you, cadry. i'm ALWAYS in the mood for a huge kale salad ;) and that's so funny that you never eat asparagus raw! i MUCH prefer it that way!

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  14. This salad is calling my name, girl! It has everything I love, all mixed together in one place, and then displayed in a gorgeous way! I love the little white "crinkly" (I can't think of a better word) dish that the strawberries are in- so cute!

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    1. i love the white crinkly dish, too! my grandmother recently gave me a few of them, and i've been using them constantly ;)

      thank you for your kind words ;)

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  15. That looks gorgeous - what a great idea this veggie thing is - glad I've found your blog :)

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    1. thank you so much! and this veggie thing is great ;)

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  16. I always bring something I really like to eat for potlucks for the very same reason - it may be the only thing I can eat. Your salad looks so fresh and yummy! Love the strawberries in there! :-)

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    1. exactly! and you want to LOVE what you are eating! and the strawberries are one of my favorite parts, too ;)

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  17. Wow ! what a lovely greens grub. Love it !

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