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  • Shannon Crocker MSc RD

Simple Food: Strawberry, Cucumber and Red Pepper Salad with Maple Drizzle

Looking for a sweet little salad that will knock the socks off your Canada Day barbecue guests? This is it!

The crunchy-ness of cucumbers and red pepper works perfectly with the juicy-ness of strawberries, peppery-ness of arugula, bite of the green onion and tang of creamy goat cheese.

A little Canadian maple syrup drizzle dressing offers a light hint of sweet that makes this salad sensational. (My husband even comes back for seconds!)

I partnered with my friends over at Produce Made Simple to share my salad creation on CHCH Morning Live as part of a segment on Ontario greenhouse veggies for Canada Day; however, this post is not a sponsored one.

Strawberry, Cucumber and Red Pepper Salad with Maple Drizzle

Prep Time: 20 minutes Serves: 8 to 10 (as a side)


Salad Stuff

1 container (5oz/142g) of baby arugula (baby spinach or kale work too!)

½ pint fresh strawberries hulled and sliced (about 15 medium-size berries)

3 mini cucumbers, chopped into bite-size rounds

1 red sweet pepper, chopped into bite-size pieces

2 green onions, thinly sliced

½ cup crumbled goat cheese

Freshly ground pepper to taste

Maple Drizzle Dressing

¼ cup canola oil

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp Dijon mustard (maple dijon if you can find it)

½ tsp oregano

Pinch of sea salt

How to Make:

Put arugula onto a large, shallow salad bowl or platter. Scatter strawberries, cucumber red pepper, green onions and goat cheese over the greens.

In a small bowl, mix together dressing ingredients. Drizzle dressing over salad (you won’t need to use it all, save some for your next salad creation). Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.

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