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Strawberry Arugula Salad with Sweet Cilantro Honey Dressing

35 Comments 25 June 2012

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Sweet Cilantro Honey Dressing

Everyone’s going strawberry crazy this time of year.  You can find delicious strawberry dishes everywhere you look.  Sunny of And Love It Too has chosen this magical berry for Ingredient Challenge Monday.  Linda of The Gluten-Free Homemaker is highlighting strawberry recipes on Gluten-Free Wednesdays.  Me?  I’m just eating them by the handful.  Oh, and enjoying them in smoothies, pudding, and salads.  I can’t get enough of them!

This salad is one reason I can’t get enough strawberries.

While I love strawberries, I must admit that the brillance of this recipe is truly the dressing created by my raw foods girl, Diane.  Diane has shared several of her incredible raw recipes at Gluten-Free Cat, and she has agreed to share her Sweet Honey Cilantro Dressing with us. You are going to love the taste and the kryptonite color!  Vegans, simply substitute agave nectar for the honey.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Sweet Honey Cilantro Dressing

by Heather and Diane

Salad ingredients:

  • 4 c. arugula
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1 c. chopped cucumber
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 whole strawberry, fan cut

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 c. cilantro
  • 1 c. olive oil
  • 2 T. honey (or agave nectar)
  • 4 cloves garlic


1.  Place all dressing ingredients in a mini food processor or Vitamix and blend until smooth.

2.  Place arugula in a bowl and layer strawberries and cucumbers on top.

3.  Fan the avocado slices on top of the salad.

4.  Fan cut the whole strawberry and place on top for decoration.

5.  Drizzle entire salad with dressing.

Serves 4-6

The dressing recipe will give you twice as much as you’ll need for this salad.  This is on PURPOSE.  You will want to save the extra it in a mason jar to use on all of your salads for the rest of the week.

Even Max likes this dressing.

I think he would have eaten the arugula too if I let him!

I’m also submitting this salad to Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free hosted by Danielle of Against All Grain.  She has selected Seasonal Salads as this month’s theme.  So make sure you look for her roundup post on July 1st for even more delicious gluten-free summer salads!

For more of Diane’s incredible raw creations, see these posts:

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite way to dress a salad?
  • Do you make your own dressings?
  • Do you have a favorite gluten-free dressing?
  • What’s your favorite way to enjoy strawberries?
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  1. amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    What a gorgeous salad!! The colors are stunning, and scream summer. I’m loving that dressing too. Beautiful.

    That picture of Max licking is too cute!!

    Have a great rest of your week.


  2. Oh, wow! This salad looks absolutely fantastic! I cannot wait to enjoy this for lunch. Thank you for entering this months Ingredient Challenge Monday!

  3. Tiffany says:

    This looks absolutely amazing!! YUMMMMM! Makes me want to run down the road to the farmer’s market RIGHT NOW !! :)

  4. Tiffany says:

    btw the print friendly recipe button isn’t working??

    • Heather says:

      I’m so thankful that you pointed that out to me, Tiffany! Apparently, NONE of my print friendly buttons are working! Thanks so much. I’ll get to my friendly IT guy and hopefully he can see what’s going on.

  5. Love love love cilantro and strawberries! Great salad heather.

  6. That is one amazing looking salad! I’m trying to imagine the flavors together. Talk about sensational. Love that kryptonite dressing and the Max “review,” too. 😉 Thanks for linking this recipe to this month’s GFE VSG, Heather!


  7. I love everything in this unusual salad. I just never would have thought to put them together. Looks absolutely delicious!

  8. YUM! This looks and sounds delicious!! All those fresh ingredients make my mouth water! I can’t wait to try the salad dressing too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Rachel says:

    Wow! That salad looks delicious! I am lucky enough to have a berry farm right down the road from where I live and they have some of the best strawberries! I guess I may have to go pick up a pint and try your salad!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Wow, this looks super tasty, and I can’t wait to try that dressing! I’m hosting a weekly link up over summer specifically for salads of all types, every Sunday! I would love you to come and post this recipe. Just stop by my blog on Sunday – the link will be up!

    I hope to see you there:)

  11. Ricki says:

    Heather, looks like an awesome salad! If you just add a vegan sub for the honey (eg agave, maybe?) then we can keep it on Wellness Weekend! (pretty please?) 😀

  12. Oh my heavens this is good! We enjoyed this fir dinner tonight and I look forward I making it again.

    Thanks, Heather! xoxo

  13. amber says:

    Hi There Heather,

    Just a note to let you know I shared your awesome recipe on my monthly recipe round-up highlighting festive, healthy backyard BBQ dishes. If you get a chance, come on over and check out the other inspiring recipes!


  14. I just read the salad round-up post and decided your salad is my first “must-try”. Thanks! Dawn

  15. First, your cat is so darn cute!! This salad is vibrant and fresh, I absolutely love it! I love every ingredient too! What a great recipe.

  16. Linda says:

    Your salad looks beautiful, Heather! And what an adorable cat. My dogs love crunchy veggies, but not leafy ones, unless it’s the crunchy center part of the leaf.

  17. Naomi Devlin says:

    Yum! What incredible colours. I love the photo of the cat licking rocket! hee hee – a salad gotta be good if a cat would eat it no?

    x x x

  18. Michelle says:

    I made this salad to bring to a bbq the other night…it was SOOO yummy!!! I just added some mixed greens to the arugula…it was a hit! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  19. Alison says:

    this recipe looks so amazing! i am going to try it this week when i get arugula and cilantro in my farm share. can not wait!


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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