Strawberry Pecan Salad

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Strawberry Pecan Salad combines the coolness of strawberries, feta, and mixed greens to compliment many meals. Toasted pecans top off this vegetarian treat that’s perfect for all types of holiday celebrations.

lettuce, strawberries and feta cheese in a white bowl with salad tongs

Why You’ll Love This Salad

Strawberry Pecan Salad is a nice accompaniment to a whole chicken, pork tenderloin, or savory filet mignon. It’s also a healthy alternative to heavier sides, and can stand alone as a vegetarian entree.

But, I think my favorite part of this dish is the luscious strawberry dressing made from ingredients in the salad itself. A blender (ad) full of strawberries, pecans and feta with olive oil, vinegar and sugar creates the most delicious salad dressing I’ve ever tasted. Oh my…it’s amazing!

Another way to serve this salad is to add blueberries and you’ve got a Red, White and Blue Salad for Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and the 4th of July!

strawberries with feta cheese and pecans topped with blueberries

Step by Step Instructions

  • Wash and dry romaine lettuce, tear into bite size pieces.
  • Place lettuce in a large serving bowl and add mixed greens. Toss.
  • Slice strawberries and arrange in middle of the bed of lettuce. Add blueberries if desired.
  • Sprinkle feta on top of strawberries, or place it on the sides.
  • Add pecans to greens on both sides of strawberries.
strawberry pecan salad with feta cheese

How to Make Strawberry Dressing

This homemade strawberry dressing is so good, you’ll be eating it by the spoonful! Here’s what you’ll need…

  • strawberries
  • tomato-basil feta cheese
  • pecans
  • olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • sugar
  • dried basil
  • salt

Blend the items above in a blender or food processor until creamy. Drizzle over salad and serve!

strawberries, blueberries and feta on mixed greens in a green bowl.

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve this refreshing salad with Baked Ziti or Chicken Pot Hand Pies. The flavors blend well with most everything, but especially taste great with Tuscan Chicken Pasta and Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake.

When it’s too hot to cook, it’s the perfect time to eat your fruits and veggies. Enjoy this delicious berry salad for lunch, dinner, or even brunch! Take this dish to your neighborhood picnic, or serve it alongside your favorite poultry or beef.

blueberries, strawberries and feta cheese with mixed greens.

Recipe FAQS

Can I substitute other fruits?

Sure! Feel free to use any fruits you prefer. Blackberries and raspberries also taste great on this salad.

Would this salad be good with grilled chicken on top?

Absolutely! If I’m serving this salad as an entree, I often add grilled salmon or chicken as a topping. It tastes amazing with the homemade strawberry dressing.

Can this salad be made ahead?

It can be made about 6 hours in advance, but if you make it the night before, the strawberries may wilt a little. Be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for best results.

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lettuce, strawberries and feta cheese in a white bowl with salad tongs

Strawberry Pecan Salad

Strawberry Pecan salad with berries, feta and greens offsets the heat of summer. Add pecans for crunch, and you've got the perfect summer treat!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Salads, Sides
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 268kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

SALAD

  • 1 head red romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 pint strawberries sliced (remove caps)
  • 1 cup tomato-basil feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup pecans chopped

DRESSING

  • 6 whole strawberries remove caps
  • ¼ cup tomato-basil feta cheese
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Instructions

SALAD

  • Wash and dry romaine lettuce, tear into bite size pieces.
  • Place lettuce in a large serving bowl and add mixed greens.  Toss.
  • Slice strawberries and arrange in middle of the bed of lettuce.
  • Sprinkle feta on top of strawberries.
  • Add pecans to greens on both sides of strawberries.

DRESSING

  • In a blender (ad) or food processor, pulse all ingredients until smooth.
  • Drizzle over salad, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Yields 1 cup.

Notes

  • Dressing is creamy and thick.  If you prefer a lighter version, omit feta cheese. 
  • Add blueberries if desired for a Red, White and Blue Salad that's perfect for Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, or the 4th of July.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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8 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try this salad. I have eaten this at restaurants and always wanted to make it at home. The salad dressing looks delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

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