Hearts Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

I can’t remember where I originally saw this recipe but it’s delicious! I love the fresh flavors and the white balsamic vinaigrette adds a tangy sweetness that works so nicely with the strawberries and greens. It’s a perfect salad as a side dish or starter for a date night, or any night! You could even add some grilled chicken and have it for lunch.

When making the dressing I used a good olive oil to give it a rich flavor but I also used a grape seed oil. I saw Tyler FlorenceĀ (he’s my favorite!) do this on one of his cooking shows. Olive oil is great in dressings but the grape seed oil lightens it up and makes the dressing less heavy. I get my hearts of palm and artichoke hearts at Trader Joe’s. They come in a jar instead of a can and I find that they stay fresher that way. They’re not floppy or mushy.

Ingredients

Salad:
1 qt. fresh strawberries, stemmed and halved
1 can/jar hearts of palm, halved and sliced
1 can/jar artichokes hearts, patted dry and halved
salad mix, such as baby greens or arugula

White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup grape seed oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy!

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