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Strawberry Salad with Baby Greens and Lemon Vinaigrette

Strawberry Salad with Baby Greens and Lemon Vinaigrette

Sometimes you just need to laugh and get childish. Oh, and eat well and day drink. My cousin is my best friend – and that’s pretty amazing. It’s cool to have a friendship that doesn’t just span from elementary school to the present, it actually spans from her toilet training me (even though we’re about the same age) to the present.

What can I say. She’s a 7 months older and more mature than I am.

But there’s one thing that makes us turn into adolescents again – and that’s Val Kilmer. Ha, ha, ha. You can laugh all you want at how he’s gotten a little thick in the girth, but Val Kilmer in Top Secret was the handsomest man alive.

However, the crush both my cousin and I have on Val-circa-1984 was a little tough to explain to Jedd the other day. He unexpectedly walked through the door, and found the two of us singing along to “How Silly Can You Get” and shrieking.

“Oh, my God!!! Here’s where he smiles!” – Me

“Oh, my God!!! Here’s the part where he flips his hair!” – My cousin

What can I say. Sometimes life gets a little difficult, and you just need a break to giggle for an hour.

And when there’s an occasion to be “ladies who lunch” (or “ladies who eat, drink wine and swoon over Val Kilmer”) I can’t think of anything better to serve than this salad. It’s fresh, it’s simple, and it paired perfectly with half a glass of shiraz.

Strawberry Salad with Baby Greens and Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 2.

4 cups of baby greens
1 cup of fresh strawberries, halved
2 tablespoons dried apricots, diced
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
1 tablespoon pistachios, roughly chopped

Place the baby greens on a large platter and top with strawberries, dried apricots, dried cranberries, almonds and pistachios.

Lemon Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Whisk together and drizzle over the salad.

(Photo by Launie Kettler)

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