This Strawberry Feta Salad is fresh, vibrant and full-flavored! It’s made with juicy strawberries, salty feta and candied hazelnuts tossed in a big bowl of leafy greens then dressed in a bright and tangy shallot vinaigrette.
✔️Sweet, juicy strawberries
✔️Creamy, salty feta
✔️Crunchy, candied hazelnuts.
✔️Tangy, fruity shallot vinaigrette
It’s a delicious harmony of fresh ingredients with sweet, salty and tangy flavors all tossed together in a big ol’ bowl of salad greens.
Who wants some?!
Strawberry Feta Salad Steps
The ingredient list and recipe steps may look a bit lengthy at first glance.
Don’t be fooled! I promise this is actually quite a simple salad to throw together!
To make it easy, let’s break down the process into 3 stages:
- Vinaigrette: Mix until combined.
- Candied nuts: All you need is a touch of water and sugar in a small pan. Once cooled, they’ll harden into delicious candied pieces.
- Salad assembly: Toss all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl one last time: sweet strawberries, tangy feta and fresh greens.
Like most vinaigrettes, this is a super simple dressing to prepare! Combine all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or cup and whisk tother until combined. Or, mix it in a small mason jar by securing the lid and giving it a good shake.
Taste and season as you see fit. Add more sugar or a touch of honey if you want it sweeter. An extra teaspoon of mustard will add a bit more spice. Salt will enhance the flavor of pretty much everything and pepper goes in for good measure.
The end result? A delicious, sharp, sweet and tangy dressing!
Sweet, salty and made in no time!
Simply combine water and sugar and heat in a sauce pan for a few minutes. Since we’re working with such small amounts (only 2 tablespoons each) this ‘caramel’ cooks up in about 5 minutes.
Once the sugar mixture cooks down into a syrupy glaze, stir in a bit of salt and pepper followed by the chopped nuts.
After mixing, spread the hazelnuts out on a piece of parchment paper for a minutes to cool and set.
Customise Your Strawberry Feta Salad
This really is a lovely, filling salad as is. That being said you can absolutely add your own personal twist and transform this strawberry feta salad with a few possible additions or substitutions.
In case you need a little inspiration, here are a few ideas to get you going:
- Crisp cucumber diced up will add a satisfying crunch.
- Fresh herbs like sliced basil and mint elevate the natural sweetness of strawberry. Add a small handful of fresh mint or basil for an extra delicious summer salad.
- Sliced red onions is great for adding a sharp contrast to the sweet berries and creamy feta cheese.
- Protein: Add slices of grilled, pan fried or baked chicken breast for a more filling meal. Alternatively, add chickpeas for a plant-based option with extra fiber!
- Vinegar: Swap out the red wine vinegar for a good balsamic vinegar. Balsamic vinegar is sweeter and richer than red wine vinegar. It has a more mellow flavor compared to red wine vinegars sharp, tangy flavor. It will also make for a darker salad dressing.
- Nuts: Instead of hazelnuts, use chopped walnuts or crunchy pecans. Add sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds if you can’t do nuts.
- For a nut free alternative you might like to try these Cinnamon Spiced Roasted Pepitas!
- Cheese: Instead of salty feta cheese, try goat cheese or bleu cheese. Goat cheese is similar to feta, but it’s typically a little less salty and more mild. Add blue cheese if you like a funky flavor.
Don’t forget to rate this strawberry feta salad and leave a comment below if you try it out. I always appreciate the feedback – especially when you share what changes you may have made. It also helps future readers who are thinking of making the recipe!
- 1 large shallot, finely diced (about 3 tablespoons)
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar (45ml)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (30 ml)
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (80 ml)
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar or 1 tablespoon honey/maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, each + more to taste
- 1/2 cup whole, skinless hazelnuts roughly chopped (75 g)
- 2 tablespoons water (30 ml)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (32g)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + course ground black pepper, each
- 9 oz salad greens (260g)
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced (340g)
- 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
- In a small cup or jar combine the vinaigrette ingredients. Whisk together until fully combined. Set aside while you prepare the salad. This will allow time for the shallots to soften.
- Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with a light coat of oil and set aside.
- Add the 2 tablespoons water and sugar to a small sauce pan and mix together.
- Place over a medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Leave to gently simmer for 3-5 minutes until the water and sugar form a thick caramel.
- Turn off the heat. Use a metal spoon to stir in the salt and pepper. Mix in the chopped hazelnuts.
- Tip the hazelnut mixture on to the lined baking sheet and spread out. Let sit about five minutes to cool and set before adding them to the salad.
- In a large salad bowl combine the leafy greens, sliced strawberries, crumbled feta and candied hazelnuts.
- Pour the prepared vinaigrette over the salad and toss until everything is well coated in the dressing. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed and enjoy fresh.
- Salad Greens: I used a mix of spinach and arugula (rocket) but feel free to use what you like here. All spinach, all arugula or another leafy green altogether.
- Vinaigrette: Prepare in advance if desired. This vinaigrette will keep at least a week stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Keep stored in the fridge until ready to use. Mix well before using.
- Storage & Prep: Wait to add the vinaigrette until just before serving. Leftover salad will only keep up to one day.
Serving Size:1 Calories: 371Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 536mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g
More Summer Salad Recipes to Check Out
If you like this strawberry feta salad you might also like some of these other summer salads as well!