This strawberry goat cheese salad with lettuce, red onion, and basil is the ultimate summertime dish! It’s fresh, made with simple ingredients, and dressed with a basic balsamic vinaigrette.
I LOVE adding fresh strawberries to my salads. They are sweet, juicy and add the ultimate summer/ spring touch! This strawberry goat cheese salad is the perfect combination of sweet, creamy, salty and tangy.
It’s made with a base of crisp romaine lettuce combined with juicy strawberries, red onion, basil and crumbled goat cheese. Everything is tossed in a simple 2 ingredient balsamic dressing for the ultimate touch. It is amazing to serve as an appetizer for a BBQ, as a dip of sorts with your favourite chips, or you can even serve it on top of grilled chicken for a refreshing summer salsa on top.
Ingredients you’ll need
You only need 7 healthy ingredients for this strawberry goat cheese salad recipe.
- Lettuce: Romaine (cos) lettuce is a classic salad base- it’s fresh, crisp, and easy to digest. Roughly chop a head of romaine into . This adds a crunch and freshness to the strawberry goat cheese salad.
- Strawberries: The star of the show! Grab fresh juicy red strawberries when they’re in season, late spring and summer is best.
- Red onion: For a little sharpness, dice up 1/4 a red onion and add it to the salad.
- Fresh basil: A big handful of fresh basil leaves chopped up for flavour. You can also use fresh mint if you prefer.
- Goat Cheese: Finally, add in half a block of crumbled goat cheese. This adds the best creamy, salty, and delicious flavor to this salad.
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Just a tablespoon to coat the salad
- Balsamic Vinegar: Then, you’ll need 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar for a little sweetness and acidity.
- Salt & Black Pepper: For seasoning.
How to make strawberry goat cheese salad
This strawberry salad with goat cheese recipe comes together in 5 minutes. Simply prepare the salad base, make the dressing, and serve! Here are step-by-step instructions for any level cook:
Chop ingredients: Start by cutting the strawberries into quarters, chop the lettuce, finely shred a bunch of basil leaves and dice half of a red onion. Place into a large bowl.
Goat cheese: Crumble the goat with your fingers on top, making sure to leave some aside for garnish.
Balsamic dressing: Add the Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to a jar and shake well until emulsified – so they are completely mixed and no longer separate. Taste and adjust to taste if desired.
When ready to serve, drizzle dressing on the salad and gently toss to combine or serve with dressing on the side. Enjoy!
Customise your salad
It is super easy to customise this strawberry goat cheese salad and make it your own. Here are a few ideas:
- No goat cheese? Use soft danish feta, regular crumbled feta o freshly shaved parmesan.
- Add cucumbers. Feel free to add 1 Lebanese/ Persian cucumber for extra crunch.
- Add Tomatoes. I love tomatoes, especially when they are in season. Just add 1 cup.
- Nuts. Add a handful of roughly chopped almonds or walnuts for crunch.
- Use a combination of leafy greens for more variety and flavor.
- Use different flavored goat cheese such as herb, honey, or garlic and chive for a different flavor profile.
To make this salad a balanced lunch or dinner, feel free to add protein! Here are my favorite options:
- Grilled chicken: Grill up 2 chicken breasts, slice them up, and add them to your salad.
- Grilled steak: Serve alongside medium cooked steak.
- Grilled salmon: I love serving this alongside grilled salmon fillets.
- Grilled prawns (shrimp): Add half a kilo/ 1 pound of cooked, grilled shrimp to this salad for protein.
- Crispy tofu. If you are vegetarian add 1 air fryer or baked tofu to this salad!
How to store
This salad is best served immediately. If making ahead of time, store leftover, undressed salad in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container. Make sure to store the dressing in a separate airtight container. Leftover dressed salad will be soggy but still delicious.
No, feta cheese and goat cheese are not the same. Goat cheese comes from goat milk, and is softer and often creamier. On the other hand, feta cheese is typically made from sheep milk and is tangier in flavor.
To be honest – I don’t recommend it. It isn’t something that tastes good leftover in my opinion. If you have leftovers, of course eat them the next day but it is *optimal* to eat and serve within an hour.
Yes! While I do think the goat cheese gives this salad it’s unique flavour, you can also use diary for feta cheese.
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This chopped strawberry goat cheese salad is the ultimate light, fresh and easy summer salad recipe. Juicy strawberries, romaine lettuce, basil and goat cheese are tossed in a simple balsamic dressing.
- 1 large head Cos/ Romaine lettuce
- 1/2 a small red onion (or 1/4 of a large)
- 450g (1lb) fresh strawberries, quartered
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Start by cutting the strawberries into quarters, chop the lettuce, finely shred a bunch of basil leaves and dice half of a red onion. Place into a large bowl.
- Crumble the goat with your fingers on top, making sure to leave some aside for garnish.
- Add the Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to a jar and shake well until emulsified – so they are completely mixed and no longer separate. Taste and adjust to taste if desired.
- When ready to serve, drizzle dressing on the salad and gently toss to combine or serve with dressing on the side. Enjoy!
- This salad is best served immediately. Leftovers will keep for up to 2 days but will be soggy.
Keywords: strawberry salad, goat cheese, romaine, basil, vegetarian