Strawberry Arugula Salad with Fennel, Toasted Almonds, and Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette {Recipe}

May 20, 2016

Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and crunchy toasted almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company.

Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and crunchy toasted almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company. @jlevinsonrd

Did you know May is National Salad Month? If not, then now you do! And now you can go ahead and spend the rest of the month making and enjoying nutritious and delicious salads like this Strawberry Arugula Salad I threw together as a side dish for dinner one night last week!

Throughout the winter, my go-to side salad for weeknight dinners is this Citrus Fennel Salad, which has arugula topped with thinly sliced fennel, Cara Cara oranges, and a light citrus vinaigrette. Sometimes I add toasted almonds, sometimes thinly sliced beets. On occasion I’ll even throw some crumbled goat cheese on there. It’s actually pretty similar to my colleague Jamie’s Citrus Salad with Fennel over at Dishing Out Health.

Now that spring is here, those Cara Cara oranges I adore so much are no longer available at Trader Joe’s (where I get all the ingredients for that winter salad). Whomp whomp {insert sad face}. On the bright side, strawberries are in season! So what better way to change up my go-to weeknight salad than to add strawberries and a strawberry-based dressing?! Genius, I know!

Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and crunchy toasted almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company. @jlevinsonrd

This salad is super quick and easy to whip up. It does require a few kitchen tools, but hopefully you have them on hand – they are some of my staples. You’ll need a microplane zester, a food processor or blender (I use my Cuisinart mini-prep food processor), and a mandoline. Despite all these tools, the recipe is easy peasy – I promise!

And it sounds fancy with the strawberry champagne vinaigrette. Champagne vinegar is so delicious and not super expensive, so I do recommend buying a bottle even if you have a bunch of other vinegars on hand. You can make the salad even fancier and serve it for company by adding some crumbled goat cheese or make it an entree salad by adding some grilled chicken.

However you decide to serve it – simple or more involved – just head to the kitchen and make this Strawberry Arugula Salad! And make sure to check out some of my other salads to celebrate National Salad Month!

Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and crunchy toasted almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company. @jlevinsonrd

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Strawberry Arugula Salad with Fennel, Toasted Almonds, and Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette

Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and crunchy toasted almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company.
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jessica

Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 4 ounces arugula
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fennel use a mandoline if you have it
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds toasted

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, puree dressing ingredients from strawberries through honey. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. In a large bowl, toss arugula, sliced strawberries, sliced fennel, and dressing. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve.

Recipe Notes

To toast almonds, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant. You can also toast in a toaster oven, just keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn.

Do you have a favorite go-to salad?

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Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and toasted crunchy almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company. @jlevinsonrd

Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and toasted crunchy almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company. @jlevinsonrd

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  1. Such a pretty salad, and I love the addition of fennel! When we lived in Falls Church, VA, there was this great “old school Italian” neighborhood restaurant where they served fennel w/ the house salad. I miss that place 🙁 And, I miss cara cara oranges too!!!

    1. Thanks so much EA! It took me a while to get into fennel, but now I love it. Hope you get your hands on some Cara Cara oranges next winter!

  2. I love the salad month love! I’ve never tried Cara Cara oranges, now you have me wanting to be on the lookout for these next season. Strawberries however, always a great option!

  3. I had no idea that May was national salad month, and I also have never tried champagne vinegar (although I love champagne!!). Pinned this for later 🙂

  4. And this is why I get excited about strawberry season! What a gorgeous salad! Perfect way to enjoy strawberries throughout spring and summer!

  5. Yay for strawberry season! I’m loving the combination of flavors in this salad! And the vinaigrette sounds fabulous!

    1. Thanks so much Sonali! I can’t get enough strawberries this time of year. You’ll have to let me know if Sienna likes the dressing 🙂

  6. Fresh and flavorful I love the combination of strawberries and fennel you have going on. This salad screams summer.

  7. What a beautiful salad. In the summertime, strawberries and arugula are made for each other along with goat cheese!! And I also love the sounds of this dressing – I can’t wait to make it.

    1. Thanks Rebecca! Goat cheese is a great addition to this salad – I add it often. Can’t wait for you to try it all!

  8. Now this is my kind of summer salad. You have me anxious for strawberry season so I can add this recipe into our summer line-up!

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