May 10
2013

Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese & Basil Salad Recipe

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While this green salad is everything that a salad should be – fresh, tasty, healthy and wholly satisfying – there is one thing it is not. Rocket science. In fact, this salad was made from a good, old-fashioned rummage through our fridge and pantry. As much as I’d like to take credit for the pairing of sweet salt, tender and crunchy, I have to set aside my cooking ego and admit that the ingredients practically fell on the plate themselves.

If you’re looking for Mother’s Day recipe ideas, this salad could be just the thing to serve to that special lady in your life. Of course, she might also appreciate a strawberry and cream scone, poached eggs over smoked salmon and avocado and a Caesar Cocktail (aka Canadian Bloody Mary). Just sayin’.

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The key to a really good salad, particularly when the ingredient list is short, is top-notch ingredients. Sorry to say, but those soft, bruised strawberries at the bottom of the container are not destined for this salad…but they’d be right at home in a smoothie (another thing mum might appreciate).

And the greens? Ditch the iceberg lettuce and buy the good stuff. Not only will you be rewarded with more flavor, but the vitamin quotient goes up exponentially when you upgrade to dark leafy greens.

Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese & Basil Salad Recipe | cookincanuck.com #salad #recipe

With the creaminess of the feta cheese, crunch of the pistachios and sweetness of the strawberries, I found that a squeeze of lemon juice was enough to dress this salad. However, if that doesn’t do the trick for you, feel free to use a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Just use the good stuff, okay? Bossy, aren’t I? If you would like to try your hand at making your own vinaigrette, check this easy tutorial on How to: Make a Vinaigrette.

The recipe:

Divide the mixed greens between 4 side plates.

Strawberry, Pistachio Feta Cheese & Basil Salad Recipe | cookincanuck.com #salad #recipe

Divide the strawberries, feta cheese, pistachios and basil evenly between the 4 plates.

Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese & Basil Salad Recipe | cookincanuck.com #salad #recipe

Squeeze lemon juice over each salad, to taste. Serve.

Other salad recipes:

Healthy Salad Recipes | cookincanuck.com #recipe #salad
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mushroom & Edamame Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing Recipe
Cookin’ Canuck’s Asian Slaw with Cashews, Pear & Ginger Dressing Recipe
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Roasted Garbanzo & Vegetable Salad with Garlic, Feta, Olives & Basil
Oh Sweet Basil’s Strawberry Cucumber Salad
Have Recipes – Will Cook’s Corn & Heart of Palm Salad

Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese & Basil Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1 salad

Calories per serving: 152 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 9.7g / Saturated Fat 4.6g

Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese & Basil Salad Recipe

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 6 cups mixed greens
  • 2 cups strawberry slices (about 8 large)
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 4 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons, to taste

Instructions

  1. Divide the mixed greens between 4 side plates.
  2. Divide the strawberries, feta cheese, pistachios and basil evenly between the 4 plates.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice over each salad, to taste. Serve.

Notes

Calories 152 / Total Fat 9.7g / Saturated Fat 4.6g / Cholesterol 25.2mg / Sodium 375.3mg / Total Carbohydrates 11.2g / Fiber 3.1g / Sugars 5.4g / Protein 6.6g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 3

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1 Tieghan May 10, 2013 at 5:57 am

Beautiful! All these ingredients go so well together. What a perfect spring/early summer salad! YUM!

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2 Maria May 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

Such a beautiful salad! Happy Mother’s Day to you! I am sure your boys will spoil you:)

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3 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 10, 2013 at 7:14 am

I love the colors in this salad, and that it has all my favorite things in it!

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4 Kevin @ Closet Cooking May 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

What a nice strawberry salad!

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5 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough May 10, 2013 at 7:29 am

This salad is gorgeous! And that whole Mother’s Day menu you mentioned? DROOLING. :)

Happy Mother’s Day to you, Dara!

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6 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 10, 2013 at 7:52 am

Such a pretty salad. Perfect with almost any meal.

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7 Megan {Country Cleaver} May 10, 2013 at 8:00 am

This is gorgeousness and a half Dara!

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8 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

Might be the prettiest salad ever.

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9 Kalyn May 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

Gorgeous salad. I especially like the idea of Feta with fruit! And thanks for the mention of my Roasted Garbanzo Salad; always appreciated!

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10 Karly May 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

I don’t know which I love more…this salad or these photos. All around gorgeous!

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11 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

Every spring salad should have strawberries! And be gorgeous like this one!

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12 Katrina @ WVS May 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

This salad looks so bright and tasty! Love the pistachios in there!

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13 nessa May 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

Looks delicious!

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14 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

I mentioned this in my latest post about how some of the best salads are “clean up” salads. Love the addition of pistachios :)

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15 Susan May 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Great pictures … this salad looks fabulous!

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16 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I love everything about this salad. It’s bursting with flavor! Happy early mother’s day, Dara!

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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Beautiful salad, Dara! Love the strawberries here. Happy Mother’s Day!

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18 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

This is such a gorgeous salad, Dara! Happy Mother’s Day!

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19 KerriA May 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

This looks yummy!! (but you might wanna change the name to read pistachio instead of hazelnut! ;) )

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Thank you for catching that! Halfway through writing the post yesterday, I realized I had typed “hazelnut” in every section. It looks as though I didn’t catch the one in the actual recipe. Fixed now. :)

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21 BeckyB May 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Almost too pretty to eat – thank you!!

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22 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

This is one delicious-looking salad!

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23 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts May 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Dara,
I really like your photos in this post. The colors of the salad, and of the individual ingredients, just pop out at me. Well done. The flavor combination seems like it was meant to be.

Thanks!

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24 Ashley - Baker by Nature May 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm

If only every salad was this pretty!!!

Happy Mother’s Day, Dara :)

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25 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

This is such a pretty salad! These are some of my favorite toppings!

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26 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen May 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Such a pretty salad for spring and summer, Dara! Just HAD to drop by and tell you so. I love everything in it! Cannot wait to make! Pinning to group Pinterest boards (and following you on Twitter)! xo

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27 Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig May 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

What a great low-cal salad..who needs all that dressing when you have beautiful ingredients!

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28 Helene May 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm

A very nice salad, thanks for sharing.

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29 Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare May 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

This salad looks awesome! A ton of my favorite foods, that I’ve never thought to pair together before. It’s getting to be summer salad season too! It was about 85 degrees in my neck of the woods today. And I always love your pictures. :)

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30 MyKitchenStove May 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

This salad looks yum! Strawberry is my favorite in this salad.

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31 addie | culicurious May 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

Great looking salad! I find the simple ones are best as well :)

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32 Nutmeg Nanny May 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

This salad is gorgeous :) I love adding strawberries to my salads!

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33 Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen May 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I love everything about this salad Dara! Pinned. :)

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34 Julia May 20, 2013 at 6:17 am

Basil is one of my favorite things to add to a salad. In combination with all those other ingredients, I could eat one of these everyday!!!

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