Refreshing Spring Greens Strawberry Salad

I love making salads and I am always looking for new and different ways of combining all my favorite flavors into a wonderfully delicious salad. My Strawberry salad makes me feel as if I am savoring all the best that Springs offers!  Refreshing, crisp, sweet and tangy all in a wonderful salad.

Refreshing Spring Greens Strawberry Salad

1 1/2 (5 ounces) cup sugar snap peas, trimmed
1 (4 ounce) package of mixed spring greens
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup English cucumber, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Place snap peas in steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam for 1-2 minutes until tender.
Plunge peas into water to stop cooking; drain. Slice peas diagonally in half.  Toss together greens and next five ingredients and snap peas arranging on a large plate. Top with Gorgonzola cheese. Serve with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup olive oil

Put all the ingredients in a blender except oil. Process until smooth. Slowly add oil in steady stream; process until smooth.



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