This colorful Red White and Green Salad features strawberries and sweet red pepper (red), feta cheese and slivered almonds (white), and nutrient-rich baby spinach tossed with a citrus-strawberry vinaigrette… A perfect salad for your Cinco de Mayo table, and simple enough for any day of the week!
Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.
~~ Joe Baca, American politician.
I find it amusing that so many people think Cinco de Mayo is actually a Mexican holiday/celebration. It is not Mexico’s Independence Day (like our July 4th), nor is it really celebrated in Mexico. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French army May 5, 1862 in the Battle of Puebla.
In the United States, though, Cinco de Mayo has become a celebration of Mexican culture, heritage, food, margaritas ( 😆 ), all things Mexican. Given that I was born in southern California, and have spent nearly half of my life literally on “the border,” I have a deep love and respect for the people, their food, their music, their love of God and family…
So, when I contemplated whether or not to do a Cinco de Mayo post, it was with the mindset that this is an American holiday that celebrates Mexico. If you google “red, white, and blue salads,” you will come up with 29,000,000 results. If you google “red, white, and green salads,” you will find only a few (and those are likely to be Christmas salads). So, in honor of my readers that want to add a healthy salad with colors of the Mexican flag to your Cinco de Mayo table, I’ve created a salad with harmonious flavors that will brighten up that plate of Pressure Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork and Mexican Cilantro Rice.
This salad is beyond simple to make, but you’ll love the combination of salty feta, sweet strawberries, crunchy toasted almonds, and the tangy Citrus-Strawberry Vinaigrette. Keep in mind this vinaigrette can be used on other salads as well! One of these days, I’ll finish my eBook of salad dressing recipes that I’ve had “in process” for a couple of years…
Without further ado, get your personal blender out, a good-sized salad bowl, and a cutting board and knife. You’ll have this made in no time!
Red White and Green Salad with Citrus-Strawberry Vinaigrette
This colorful Red White and Green Salad features strawberries and sweet red pepper (red), feta cheese and slivered almonds (white), and nutrient-rich baby spinach tossed with a citrus-strawberry vinaigrette... A perfect salad for your Cinco de Mayo table, and simple enough for any day of the week!
- 1/4 cup fresh orange, blood orange, or Meyer lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine or sherry vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 whole strawberries
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt more or less to taste
- several grinds pepper
Red White and Green Salad
- 8 ounces baby spinach leaves
- 1 dry pint strawberries sliced (about 2 cups)
- 1 sweet red pepper sliced thin
- 5 ounces feta small dice
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds lightly toasted
Add all vinaigrette ingredients to a blender. Blend until very smooth. Set aside until ready to toss the salad and serve. (See photos).
To arrange salad as shown in top photo: Cover the salad bowl or platter with about 1/2 the spinach.
On the right 1/3, arrange the strawberries and red pepper strips. On the middle 1/3, arrange the feta and almonds. On the left 1/3, arrange the remaining spinach. See top photo for reference.
Either pour the vinaigrette into a cruet and serve on the side, or toss with the salad before serving. Enjoy!
We still have Meyer lemons and blood oranges, so I used a combination of citrus juice. Keep in mind that a regular lemon will require more sweetening, so be sure to taste the vinaigrette.
I used a shallow, square salad bowl, and it worked our really well. A platter with a lip would be fine too.
Salad ingredients may need to increase or decrease according to your serving piece. The exact amounts are not really important.
Macronutrients (approximation from MyFitnessPal.com): 322 calories; 14 g protein; 24 g carbohydrates; 20 g fat.
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