Easter Salad

Easter Salad -- or Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Almonds & Lemon Honey Vinaigrette -- is a beautiful, delicious addition to any spring or summer meal!

Easter Salad with text overlay.

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For more berry-licious salads and dressings, you'll also love this sweet and tangy Raspberry Vinaigrette, this bursting-with-blueberries Brain Healthy Salad, and this gorgeous Spring Salad!

I'm of the opinion that every special holiday meal should include a gorgeous, festive, scrumptious salad loaded with seasonal ingredients. And y'all apparently agree, because my Holiday Honeycrisp Salad is one of the site's most popular recipes from Christmas to New Year's, and my Thanksgiving Salad gets lots of attention come November. So why shouldn't Easter get in on the fun?!

When deciding upon the ingredients for this Easter Salad, I wanted to make sure I chose additions that were in season in March and April. Enter strawberries and lemons!

Close-up of ingredients including strawberries, goat cheese, and slivered almonds.

The Formula

Call me predictable, but I tend to follow the same basic formula for many of my salad creations:

lettuce or leafy greens + fruit + cheese + toasted or candied nuts + homemade dressing

You just can't beat the contrast of flavors and textures with this combo...crispy and creamy and crunchy while simultaneously fresh and salty and sweet.

Easter Salad in pewter serving bowl with serving spoons.

The Ingredients

Now I already have a Strawberry Spinach Salad on the site (and it was actually the first recipe I ever published on Five Heart Home!), so I wanted to make sure this one was different.

  • Mixed spring greens were an obvious choice for the foundation of a springtime salad.
  • But in lieu of feta, I opted for crumbles of creamy goat cheese.* Baby goats are born in the spring, right? 😉
  • And instead of toasted pecans, I decided on toasted slivered almonds. Hey, almonds may not be completely spring-like, but at least they're harvested earlier in the year than other nuts.

And then, as already mentioned, don't forget the fresh, plump strawberries and the vibrant vinaigrette!

Layered ingredients in serving bowl, before they were tossed together.

The Lemon Vinaigrette

I concocted a fresh lemon juice-based vinaigrette, kissed with honey and speckled with poppy seeds.

It's bright and refreshing and slightly sweet...the perfect complement to rest of the goodness going on in the salad.

Bottle of Lemon Vinaigrette.

I made this salad while my kids were in school one day and did my best not to add too much dressing for the photos, because I planned on feeding it to my family at dinner that night and I didn't want the leftovers to get too soggy. That didn't end up being a problem, however, because everyone loved it. In fact, my 7-year-old had five helpings!

That's not a typo...FIVE. I told him he was going to make himself sick if he ate too much. He told me that he'd rather have more salad than a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. And then the next day, he told me that his baseball swing was stronger because "he had so much salad in his muscles."

Ummm, if that's not a testament to the deliciousness of this salad, I'm not sure what is.

Lemon Vinaigrette being poured over Easter Salad.

So make this Easter Salad for (wait for it) Easter!

Or make it for steak night.

Or make it on a regular ol' weeknight.

Heck, if it makes you feel better, you can even call it Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette and forget about the whole Easter thing).

Just promise me you'll make it sometime this spring! Or summer.  And when you do, let me know if you have any leftovers and I'll send my 7-year-old right over. ;

*DISCLAIMER: I actually don't care for goat cheese. I've spent too much time around real, live goats in my life and I think that goat cheese tastes like licking a goat. However, consummate professional that I am, I shan't allow my bizarre aversion to stand in the way of utilizing an ingredient that most people love. So if you adore goat cheese, pile it on with wild abandon! But if, like me, you abhor goat cheese...well then, you can make this salad with feta instead. Your secret will be safe with me.

Aerial view of Easter Salad in serving bowl with Lemon Vinaigrette on table.

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Aerial view of Easter Salad in serving bowl with strawberries and lemon dressing.

Easter Salad

Easter Salad -- AKA, Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette -- is a beautiful, delicious addition to any spring meal. It features sweet strawberries, creamy goat cheese, and toasted almonds on a bed of mixed greens drizzled with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 210kcal
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Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 12 ounces mixed spring greens
  • 16 ounces strawberries, washed, hulled, & sliced
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

For the Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup sunflower, safflower, OR extra-virgin olive oil (neutral-flavored)
  • 5 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus additional to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, optional

Instructions

  • Adjust the rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the slivered almonds on a sheet pan and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until fragrant and light brown, watching carefully to prevent burning. Set aside and allow to cool.
  • To prepare the vinaigrette, measure all of the ingredients into a Mason jar. Tightly screw on the lid and shake vigorously until everything is thoroughly combined. Alternatively, you may whisk the ingredients together in a medium bowl or blend them in a mini food processor or blender.
  • To assemble the salad, layer the mixed greens, sliced strawberries, toasted slivered almonds, and crumbled goat cheese in a large bowl. Just before serving, dress with your desired amount of Lemon Honey Vinaigrette and toss until the salad ingredients are evenly coated.

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Notes

  • Toasting the almonds takes a few extra minutes, but it really is worth it as it brings out much more flavor and crunch. If you wish, you may use sliced almonds instead of slivered, or you can substitute your favorite type of nut.
  • The flavor of the oil is going to come through in the dressing, so try to use a good-quality oil with a neutral flavor. Leftover dressing should be refrigerated. However, if using olive oil, you'll need to remove the vinaigrette from the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature, and shake well before using (olive oil can thicken or solidify once chilled).
  • If you don't care for goat cheese, you may use crumbled feta (or even blue cheese) instead.
  • Recipe may be halved for fewer servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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  1. Amazing salad. Enjoyed by everyone at Easter dinner. I used toasted pecans and subbed feta for goat cheese.

    How long does the vinaigrette last in the fridge?

    1. So happy this Easter Salad was a hit, Nitisha! The vinaigrette will be fine in the fridge for a couple of weeks. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Superb addition to our Easter menu! Love the combination of ingredients, very unusual. We added a little fresh mint and chives.

  3. 5 stars
    So simple, and so delicious! Had it as our salad with an Easter ham potluck dinner with friends. Everyone loved it, and I will definitely make this salad often!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this beautiful salad for Easter dinner with ingredients I had on hand. The only substitution I made was using 1/2 cup orange juice in place of the lemon juice (I had none) in the vinaigrette. I also I added a can of mandarin oranges and candied almonds instead of toasted. Beautiful salad with lots of compliments. Don’t skip the goat cheese!! This will be my new holiday salad. Easy!!!!

    1. Sure! I typically substitute feta, since it's milder, but I think gorgonzola would also work great. 🙂

    1. Yes! Just store in the fridge, let it come to room temperature, and shake well before you use it. 🙂

    2. Everyone gobbled it up! The arugula was a nice change of pace and the goat cheese added tang without being overpowering. Added a splash of balsamic and substituted chia seeds for poppy because that's what I had. Will definitely make again

  5. 4 stars
    Strawberries and cheese doesnt look right but we tried it and it was actually quite nice, I suppose chilli and chocolate sounds weird at first

  6. 5 stars
    Used your salad and vinaigrette recipe for Easter dinner and it was a hit. Not one salad green was left on the plates or in the bowl.
    Thank you

  7. 5 stars
    Best Easter/Summer salad ever! Half the recipe was enough for 6-8 as a side.
    Added half of an Apple cut in cubes for some crunch.
    Dressing was easy and Impressive!

      1. Can I toast the almonds a day or 2 in advance??
        Would Avocado oil work better than Extra Virgin Olive Oil??
        Thank you!

        1. Hi Kathleen! You can definitely toast the almonds in advance. As far as the dressing, it will work with any neutral-flavored oil that you prefer. 🙂 Hope it's a hit!

  8. 5 stars
    I was so excited to find this salad recipe. Our lemon tree is overflowing right now so I plan to make a big batch of your lemon vinaigrette!

    1. It's a pretty standard ratio for a vinaigrette, but you can always reduce the amount of oil if you prefer. 🙂 Also, it's important to make sure the dressing is well emulsified so that the oil doesn't separate as quickly. Hope that helps!

  9. 5 stars
    We made this for Easter this year and it was a hit! We substituted strawberries for raspberries because we couldn’t find any at the store. Delicious

    1. So happy to hear it, Jacey! I bet raspberries were delicious in this salad. 🙂