Delicious, Light, Crunchy and wholesome Strawberry Feta Arugula Salad with a homemade citrusy light salad dressing. A must try summer salad, side recipe or a “meal for two” when strawberries are in season.
I absolutely love making salads with seasonal fruits. If you love the combination of sweet fruits and crunchy vegetables tossed together, then this salad recipe is just for you!
This Strawberry Salad Recipe has all my favorites – Arugula, Lettuce, loads of fresh Strawberries, Feta cheese crumbled and a light citrusy sweet salad dressing that takes this salad to another level.
This is a perfect light summer salad recipe that uses fresh produce, easily customizable according to availability of ingredients and budget friendly.
This salad can easily feed a family of 4 as a side or appetizer but we tend to go crazy and have this as “lunch for 2”.
I have quite a soft spot for the salty feta. Just few crumbled bits of this cheese transforms even the simplest of salads. It goes very well with fresh fruits and dry fruits like walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios and almonds.
Do try our Pear Salad with Feta and Walnuts.
Even though consumption of cheese is restricted at home, we tend to go crazy once every now and then with feta. Feta pairs well with fruits like watermelon, cherries, strawberries and mango.
Since we consume such “wholesome and filling salads” for lunch, we prefer adding a lot of ingredients that makes it a satisfying meal.
Mind you, this is not a boring salad recipe. It has 2 things we absolutely must have – Variety and Flavor!
Every morsel is a burst of flavors – sweet, tangy, peppery and umm.. delicious!
INGREDIENTS FOR THE STRAWBERRY FETA ARUGULA SALAD
I have used Arugula or Rocket Leaves, Iceberg Lettuce and Romaine Lettuce. This bulks up the salad especially when serving as lunch. Baby Spinach can also be added instead of 3 varieties of lettuce.
Feta Cheese – I have used a variety of Feta Cheese that doesn’t contain animal rennet. For a Dairy free or Vegan Version, skip cheese or use an appropriate vegan variety of Feta.
Strawberries – I personally love slicing the strawberries instead of finely chopping them.
Pomegranate Pearls – Use it when in season or replace it with raisins, black currants, cranberries etc.
Olives, Sliced Capsicum or Pepper – I have used pitted black olives that have been sliced thick.
You can use bell peppers of any variety available. Slice them thin and long for best results.
I have not added any nuts in the salad. You can add toasted pine nuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts or any nuts of your choice.
Note – Please check the entire list of ingredients with quantity in the recipe card at the end
The key component in most salads is the dressing. Of course, you wouldn’t like to eat a salad with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper, would you?
The salad dressing here is quite simple.
- Lemon Juice
- Palm Jaggery or Karupatti Vellam (can be replaced with honey, agave, maple syrup or brown sugar and even regular jaggery)
- Black Pepper
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Note – The dark colour of the dressing is due to the palm jaggery used.
I personally believe quantity of salad dressing depends on individual tastes and preferences. Some like a little drizzle of dressing while others go overboard. Add according to your choice!
This is my go-to salad dressing at home. The ingredients are easily available in the pantry and totally fuss-free to put together.
Since we prefer simple home style salads at home that don’t require cream, mayo or heavy dressings, this is perfect for us.
If you serving this salad as a side or appetizer for a family of 4 or more, you can turn this salad into a meal with few add-ons
IDEAS TO MAKE THIS SALAD FILLING AND TURN INTO A MEAL
- Serve the Salad with some chopped avocados and toasted bread or sourdough.
- Beans or Legumes like Chickpeas, Cow Peas and Kidney Beans that are cooked can be added to load up the salad.
- Love a bit of crunch? Add Air Fryer Roasted Chickpeas over the salad for the extra bite.
- Cooked Quinoa or Barley make a wonderful addition to this salad.
Salad tastes best with Italian Focaccia with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions. Bonus – Made with Whole Wheat Flour.
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Strawberry Feta Arugula Salad
INGREDIENTS FOR SALAD (1 CUP IS 250 ML, 1 TSP 5 ML, 1 TBSP 15ML)
- 200 gms Strawberries Sliced
- 3 cups Lettuce (A mix of romaine and iceberg)
- 200 gms Arugula or Rocket Leaves
- 120 gms Feta Cheese
- 20 nos Black Olives
- 1 no. Capsicum Thinly Sliced
- ½ cup Pomegranate Pearls
FOR THE SALAD DRESSING
- ½ tsp Black Pepper Powder
- 2 tbsp Palm Jaggery (powdered)
- ¼ tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
- 2 nos Lemon (Juice extracted)
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Wash, dry and roughly tear the salad leaves (arugula) and lettuce. PS – Ensure the leaves are dry and contain no moisture else the salad will be soggy.
- Slice the olives (in case you are using whole pitted olives like me) and keep aside.
- Into a clean, dry bowl, add the salad leaves, sliced peppers, olives, pomegranate pearls, strawberries and mix them gently with your hands.
- Crumble the feta cheese and add to the bowl. Note – Reserve some crumbled feta for garnish.
- Now pour the salad dressing and mix well. Remove onto a serving plate and add the reserved crumbled feta. Serve immediately.
- This salad can easily feed 4 people as side or appetizer with mains like bread, pasta or soup.
- This makes a filling lunch for 2, which is how we consume it.
- Use any variety of lettuce or salad leaves that are locally available. You can also use baby spinach leaves instead of lettuce.
- The salad leaves should be dry and contain no moisture. Use a salad spinner or if you don’t have the same, wash, rinse and pat dry the leaves well, leave it in a colander for a couple of hours to drain all the moisture.
- Palm Jaggery can be replaced with honey, agave, maple syrup or brown sugar and even regular jaggery. In case of sugar, you might need a little less. Taste and adjust according to ingredients.
- For a dairy free version, skip feta cheese.
- The salad contains No Nuts.
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