By Denise Phillips
This salad is a taste of summer; fresh strawberries combined with salad ingredients and toasted pecan nuts. If you wish to make it vegan, omit the cheese and add smoked tofu or al dente cooked runner beans. Quick to make and ideal for a hot day when you really don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
Preparation Time 10 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4 people
225g fresh strawberries, halved
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 large avocados sliced
110g fresh goat cheese, crumbled
200g mixed salad greens
12 mint leaves, chopped
For the Pecans
150g pecans – shelled
3 tablespoons brown sugar
30g unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
For the dressing
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons honey Juice and zest of 1 lime
Pinch of salt
1. For the dressing whisk together vinegar, olive oil, mustard, honey, lime, zest and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. For the pecans, heat a frying pan over medium heat. Melt butter. Whisk in sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Continue to whisk until mixture melts down into a syrup. Add pecans and cook for 2-3 minutes, until toasted, stirring frequently to avoid them sticking together. Remove them to piece of parchment paper and let cool in a single layer.
3. Assemble the salad in a large bowl, toss the ingredients together.
4. Pour the dressing over the salad and top with cooled candied pecans