Strawberry Rocket Salad

I have been on a major salad kick lately.  It’s all this nice weather!  Suddenly my beloved sautéed kale and dark greens are taking the back burner to light, summery salads.  I have had a salad for lunch the past two weeks.  Maybe three weeks?  Ok, a long time.  While my lunch salad is pretty much the same everyday (I’m such a creature of habit), my dinner salads are always changing.  This little gem is zesty, sweet, and creamy.  If you’re not a salad lover, let me convert you.  I don’t know how you can not absolutely love this strawberry rocket salad!

Guys, it’s strawberry season!  There’s only a short window when you can get them at the peak of harvest, tasting like the sweet, succulent berries they are.  I never both buying fresh strawberries out of season because I always find them bland.  These berries add a brightness to this salad, while zesty arugula (aka rocket) makes up the base.  Creamy avocado takes the place of cheese and it’s tossed in an orange mustard dressing.  Spring in a bowl!

Now I have to admit, I added crumbled goat cheese to this salad the other night and it was divine. Not necessary, however a welcomed addition 😉  Put away your sautéing pans and embrace salads this Spring!

Strawberry Rocket Salad

6 cups loosely packed arugula
1/2 avocado, diced
6 large strawberries, sliced
1 recipe orange mustard dressing (recipe follows)

chives, to garnish

Toss the arugula with the dressing and add in the strawberries and avocado.  Garnish with chives and serve cold.

Orange Mustard Dressing

3 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tsp spicy brown mustard
1/2 tsp orange zest
salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk everything together until well blended.

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