So this salad is beautiful, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. I also have been making a version of something like this literally every single day for lunch for the past… oh about two weeks. Of course the version that I make for my lunches isn’t quite as artistic and well-styled as the one in these pictures, but the taste is so good that I don’t think I could ever get sick of it. It is a perfect summer party salad, packed full of fresh, juicy, charred vegetables and topped with a homemade chipotle dressing that has a little kick to it.
I made a big batch of this salad to serve at a party last weekend and every last bite was gone by the end of the night. Even the non-vegetarians couldn’t get enough!
This is yet another one of those “recipes” that I came up with completely on accident. I was in my kitchen around lunch time last weekend making something entirely different using strawberries and basil, and I realized that I have never eaten bacon with strawberries. I knew that I had some bacon in the freezer and it started to sound really, really good.
The combination of sweet strawberries, fragrant fresh basil, acidic balsamic vinegar and salty bacon makes this salad quite the experience! It’s pretty, it’s unique and I am honored to share the idea with you.
For me, eating is just as much of a visual experience as it is a tasting experience. There can be the most flavorful, decadent, rich pile of white mush and I won’t enjoy eating it… simply because it isn’t pretty to look at.
All kidding aside, this salad is absolutely beautiful. I created it based of off a salad that my parents are always eating whenever I visit them around dinner time. It’s simple, it’s easy to make and looking at it reminds me of a sunny, tropical oasis.
Yup we’re getting up close and personal with a hot sandwich, folks.
This sandwich isn’t just any old sandwich, however. This sandwich was my lunch yesterday and it was what fueled me through a long, strenuous afternoon of watching championship football games.