This Strawberry Salad is perfectly balanced and truly a dynamite combination. It’s topped with a creamy dressing that’s crunchy from the almonds, briny from the green olives, and sweetened with strawberries.

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We’ve created a super fun take on a vinaigrette using the earthiness of the olive oil and the creaminess of the avocado, made even more delicious with the sweetness of a little honey, which adds the perfect bite to the salad dressing.

The Power of Nicknames: Introducing “Sunshine Salad”

When my kids were little, in order to entice them to be excited about delicious and nutritious food, I had a policy of creating names for dishes that were so fun that they’d want to eat them, like Sunshine Soup, which had a variety of vegetables they might not otherwise agree to eat. When I tasted this salad, it reminded me of sunshine and of that sweet story. Nicknames are so important! My mother called Terisimo, and I loved that, so we’re nicknaming this salad Sunshine. 

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Sunshine Strawberry Salad

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  • Author: Teri Turner
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American


This strawberry salad is perfectly balanced and truly a dynamite combination. It has a creamy dressing that’s crunchy from the almonds, briny from the green olives, and sweetened with strawberries.


Dressing ingredients:

  •   3 tablespoons lemon juice
  •   1 teaspoon Dijon
  •   1 teaspoon honey
  •   1/2 cup diced avocado, about one small avocado
  •   1/4 cup olive oil
  •   1/2 cup roughly chopped olives
  •   1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  •   Pinch freshly ground black pepper


Salad ingredients:

  •   6 ounces Romaine, chopped
  •   1 1/2 cups cubed homemade roasted chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken
  •   1 (6 ounce) can California Green olives, drained and halved lengthwise
  •   2 cups sliced strawberries, sliced
  •   4 to 6 ounces Manchego, cubed 1/4 inch
  •   1 avocado, cubed
  •   1 cup peeled and sliced cucumber
  •   3/4 cup sliced radishes
  •   1/2 cup sliced almonds
  •   1/3 cup finely chopped chives, divided
  •   Marinated onions


  1. Make dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon, mustard, and honey. Add the avocado, pour the olive oil over it and gently whisk. Gently smash about a third of the avocado but do not emulsify the dressing. Stir in the olives, salt, and pepper then set aside.
  2. Make salad: In a large mixing bowl, toss add the romaine, chicken, strawberries, manchego, olives, cucumber, radishes, almonds, half the chives, and Marinated Red Onions into a large mixing bowl and pour dressing over top. Toss all ingredients together.
  3. Garnish with the remaining chives.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 691
  • Sugar: 7.8 g
  • Sodium: 1158.7 mg
  • Fat: 54.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.5 g
  • Protein: 31.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 59.8 mg

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