In the US last weekend was Memorial day weekend and in Canada we had Victoria day the week before. Both of these long weekends fall into May and somewhat mark the unofficial start of summer and BBQ season.
And along with BBQs starts the accompanying salad making. Whether out on a picnic, a friend’s or family’s house or your own backyard, grilled meets always benefit from the balance the vegetables in a salad offer (not sure where pasta or potato salads fit my logic).
A few weeks ago we had friends over. It was before Victoria day, so no BBQ, instead we actually had this delicious family-friendly curry. Our friends brought along a salad that ended up being the inspiration for today’s Broccoli Strawberry Salad.
The original was a broccoli salad but with cranberries and shredded cheddar. I had totally planned to do the same, but as I reached into the fridge to gather all ingredients my eyes fell on the plump red strawberries I had just bought the day before. And right next to the strawberries was a container of feta cheese, intended for another recipe experiment.
I knew that feta and strawberries are amazing together, so I ventured out and made them the fruit and cheese component in this salad. Which totally worked and turned out to taste amazing! They give the salad a wonderful freshness that just screams summer!
If you know me, you’ll know how much I love contrasts. There is a flavor interplay of sweet-tart from the strawberries and salty-tart feta cheese.
Another contrasting element of this salad is the crunchy fresh broccoli paired with the creamy poppy seed dressing. Which is totally mayonnaise-free. Greek yogurt is the key component in this clean creamy dressing.
Well, it’s Friday and the weekend is supposed to be super warm and sunny (at least here in Calgary). So go out, have BBQs with friends and family AND make this awesome salad 🙂
If you like this, you’ll also love these Salad recipes:
Broccoli Strawberry Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
- 5 cups bite-sized broccoli florets
- 1 cup strawberry chunks
- 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
- 2 tablespoons sliced chives or green onions
Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt + pepper
- Toss broccoli, strawberries, feta and chives in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over salad.