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Springtime Strawberry Salad

One of my favorite things about spring?  Strawberries are in season!

These fresh, juicy berries are packed with vitamin C and phytonutrients to help fight off bugs and free radicals, and help reduce inflammation in the body!

Not only that, but strawberries have a low glycemic index, so you don’t have to worry about them spiking your blood sugar.

I designed a delicious salad by combining strawberries with some other favorites, arugulatomatochickpeas, and sunflower seeds, topped off with a sweet balsamic dressing.  A definite winner in my book.

Springtime Strawberry Salad

Ingredients

Salad:

(serves 1)

  • 2 large handfuls arugula
  • 1/4 tomato, sliced
  • 6-7 strawberries, de-stemmed and halved
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas
  • 2 T raw sunflower seeds

Dressing:

(serves 4)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 t agave nectar
  • 2 squirts lemon juice

Directions

1.  Combine all the salad ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

2.  In a separate small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk them together.

3.  Pour about 2 T of the dressing over the salad just before serving, and enjoy.

This salad is a nice change for me from my usually more veggie-filled salads.  I love the sweet combination of the strawberries and tomato, and the balsamic is a great complement, as well.  You could eat it as an entree, or as a side salad.  Just increase or decrease the amount of greens and chickpeas, depending on your preference.

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