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Spring and Arugula, Maché Strawberry Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

by Spicie Foodie on March 19, 2012

**March 21 Update: Voted into Foodbuzz’s Daily Top 9. Check out all top 9 recipes.**

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March 20, tomorrow, marks the official start of spring in the northern hemisphere. I love spring don’t you? Every year in early March I start waiting, with great anticipation, for the official arrival of spring. I feel as excited as a child does around Christmas, the anticipation is part of all the fun. But rather than material gifts the spring gifts come in the form of sunshine, warm breezes and bird songs.

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The windows no longer have to be tightly shut, after a long winter they slowly creak open to welcome the fresh breeze. The gentle spring breeze wafts through your home. There is a new smell in the air, the smell of the waking and blooming flours and trees.

Your walks around the neighborhood are no longer hurried ones. Now you want to take the time to stop, smell, point your face upwards towards the sun and gently smile to yourself. Spring is euphoric.

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Spring is also a time of renewal. Watching nature blossom around you is inspirational and heart warming. It is a lesson that after a cold, dark time new life can flourish. It is a time to brush off the winter dust and get back on track.

My appetite begins to change from hearty, meaty meals to lighter healthier ones. Which after the long winter is a great way to get back on track. On the official start of spring I make a conscious effort to get back on track and shed the extra winter fat.

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I get back on track by eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and as you see here, salads. Strawberries to me are the first sing that spring is right around the corner or has arrived. They are the first fruit of the warmer months. I can never get enough strawberries and I always look for ways to incorporate them into both sweet and savory dishes. This is my first strawberry recipe of the new season, a sweet, savory, tart, crisp, fresh, delicious and most important healthy salad.

Let’s welcome spring 2012 together and make the salad, shall we?

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Arugula, Maché Strawberry Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Salad amounts are to taste
arugula
maché
strawberries
grape tomatoes
salt, ground black pepper
sunflower seeds

Run the greens, tomatoes, and strawberries over water. Pat dry and gently toss together. Sprinkle salt, pepper and sunflower seeds as desired.

Mustard Vinaigrette for 2-3 servings:
1 sprig of fresh thyme leaves only, crushed *
1 heaping tbsp whole grain mustard
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
pinch salt
pinch pepper
1/8 or sprinkling turmeric
pinch granulated garlic
1/4-1/2 tsp sugar, adjust to taste

* Place the leaves in the container first then crush with back spoon or pestle

Place all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl or a sealable container. Mix or shake vigorously until well combine. Drizzle over salad as desired.

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I have to say that this was one of my favorite salads I’ve ever made. The ingredients are so simple, yet there is so much flavor in each bite. Plus all of the colors on your plate make it more enjoyable. I’ll definitely be making this salad through out the spring and summer, or as long as strawberries last.

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Make sure you come back on Wednesday. I’ve written a story about my… hmm… clumsiness. Hope to see you then and happy spring 2012 everyone!!

Great spring-ish recipes:
- Sunomono with Cucumber and Wakame by Just One Cookbook
- Mimosa Freeze by The Ardent Epicure
- Rum and Citrus Chicken Kabobs with Stir-Fried Barley by Lemons and Anchovies
- Tofu Soup with Pea Shoots and Radish by Kitchen Confidante
- Feels Like Early Spring With A Pasta Salad by Tartine and Apron Strings
-CHERRY DELIGHTS – DÉLICES A LA CERISE by Rosa’s Yummy Yums

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~Robin Williams

in Fruits,Salads,Vegan/Vegetarian

{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa March 19, 2012 at 7:04 AM

A fabulous combination and salad! A real ode to spring.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Hi Rosa,

Thank you!

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3 Aninas Recipes March 19, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Just love it! The styling and photography are amazing! Oh – and of course the dish looks delish!!

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4 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Thanks Anina!

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5 Natalie March 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Wow, simply a beautiful salad!
Great job with the photographs as well the blue is stunning!

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6 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Hi Natalie,

Thank you:)

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7 patty March 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I’m ready for Spring because it is beautiful and leads to Summer! I like your mustardy vinaigrette recipe, sounds wonderful with the arugula and strawberries;-)

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8 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Hi Patty,

Well said, summer is even better than spring ;) Thank you, it was a nice tart compliment to the sweet strawberries.

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9 Rhonda March 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Sounds wonderful! It snowed here today (still snowing), my Spring bug will have to be delayed…but I could always fake it with this salad.

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10 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Hi Rhonda,

Oh, sorry to hear that. I’ll send you a little sunshine to enjoy with your salad:)

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11 Baker Street March 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

What a gorgeous salad! Love that you paired a mustard vinaigrette with strawberries.

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12 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Thanks! The pairing worked remarkably well.

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13 Jen Laceda March 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

omigosh, can’t wait for spring! this salad is so lovely! and your tablescape – once again – gorgeous colors!

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14 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Thank you Jen!

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15 Suzanne March 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Gorgeous salad that I could dive right into, I think strawberries and greens go so well together, now I need to try out your dressing. Photos are beautiful :)

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16 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Thanks Suzanne. Definitely give the dressing a try, I loved it:)

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17 Flavors of the Sun March 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

What a pretty seasonal salad! I love the idea of both thyme and turmeric in the dressing. This is a must try.

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18 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Thanks Victoria!

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19 Liz March 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I had to pin this immediately…it sounds heavenly….and it is one beautiful salad! I’m so glad you baked the honey oat bread…I’m wishing I had some more in my freezer :) We skipped spring and went straight to summer…but whatever season this is weatherwise…spring IS euphoric!

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20 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Hi Lizzy,

Thank you for the pin! I loved the bread, only made the 1 loaf but it was great. Next time I’ll make the full recipe and freeze or refrigerate the other.

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21 Noble Pig - Cathy March 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Perfect for spring…still wintery here in Oregon.

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22 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Hopefully spring will come to you soon!

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23 Reem | Simply Reem March 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Beautiful Salad!!
I can see spring dancing in this plate…
Gorgeous…

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24 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Thank you Reem!

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25 claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine March 19, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Wow now these pictures sing Spring for sure vibrant gorgeous photos and salad as always!

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26 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Thank you Claudia!

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27 Lea Ann March 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I adore salads like this.

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28 Spicie Foodie March 19, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Thanks!

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29 Jennifer | Mother Thyme March 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM

This salad has my name written all over it! I love the combination of arugula and strawberries and topped with the mustard vinaigrette is a must try!

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30 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Thanks Jennifer and I do hope you give it a try soon.

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31 Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen March 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I honestly think the strawberries look really beautiful! Like the ones freshly plucked. I love spring time too. Although during these times many people do get allergies. What a perfect way to welcome spring, a strawberry salad!

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32 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Hi Jessica,

I got lucky to have found such perfect strawberries this early in the season. I get spring allergies and that is the only thing I do not like about spring. But the good out-weight the bad :) Thank you!

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33 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) March 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM

This is my kind of salad, peppery from the greens and sweet from the strawberries. Mustard vinaigrette is one of my go-to dressings but I’ve never tried it with turmeric (love it). I bet it’s good!

I was looking at your links at the end of your post and was pleasantly surprised to see my chicken kabobs! Thanks so much, Nancy! :)

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34 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Hi Jean,

Your kabobs recipe is great and the photos gorgeous! Thank you! Mustard vinaigrette is also one of my favorites.

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35 anna March 20, 2012 at 1:15 AM

you know this is the only healthy recipe that has come up on my blog list this week! thanks for keeping me on track, and leading me away from temptation :) it looks lovely.

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36 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Hi Anna,

Glad I could help out, hehe ;) All the temptations do make it hard to stay on track.

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37 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 20, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Hi Nancy! I’m attracted to your mustard vinaigrette. I tend to like dressing that has mustard in it (esp Dijon!) but I have never put (or thought of putting) turmeric in the dressing! You got me really curious there. And with strawberries!? And this is your favorite? I MUST TRY. :-) I love the blue boards. So pretty and I love the color contrast. Lots of careful thoughts in your photography that I can learn from…(but usually not sure how to improve haha). :-)

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38 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 20, 2012 at 3:09 AM

And forgot to say thank you for the link. =P Appreciate your support!

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39 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

No problem :)!

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40 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Hi Nami,

The turmeric was a last minute thing and it just worked. I actually really love turmeric so was happy to find a new use for it. Thank you! And Nami, your photography is beautiful.

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41 Jennifer (Delicieux) March 20, 2012 at 3:46 AM

What a gorgeous looking salad Nancy. It looks like spring on a plate. I’ve never tried a strawberry salad. Definitely something for me to try.

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42 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Thank you Jennifer!

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43 Tina@flourtrader March 20, 2012 at 7:12 AM

The first fruit and greens mix in a salad I had was spinach and strawberries and ever since then I insist that my salad has fruit! Your creation here does make me think of springtime! Also, the mustard vinaigrette with turmeric is a great way to tie the salad elements together. That is a must for this salad-yum! Enjoy the day!

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44 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Fruit in salads just works so well doesn’t it? Thank you!

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45 Anna @ the shady pine March 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM

I love the idea of strawberries in a salad. That colour is so vibrant amongst all that greenery..a feast for the eyes!

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46 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Hi Anna,

They go great. Thanks!

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47 Rachel {Mother's Mementos} March 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I love salads with strawberries in it! Your photos are beautiful.

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48 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Thanks Rachel!

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49 Bree March 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Oh la la! You make even a salad look GORGEOUS!

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50 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Thanks Bree!

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51 Magic of Spice March 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Happy Spring sweetie! What a gorgeous and refreshing salad…love, love this vinaigrette! I always wish I could eat strawberries, so pretty :) And lovey shots as always…hugs!

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52 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Happy spring Alisha! Oh, that’s right you are allergic to them. I’ll be a good friend and eat enough for the both of us, kay ;)

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53 Christine March 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Great combo! Love it.

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54 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Thanks Christine!

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55 Renee March 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM

We just got a huge dump of snow last night, so Spring is a little behind here, but it’s sure to arrive soon-ish! I can’t wait for strawberry season to try this salad – looks great!

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56 Spicie Foodie March 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Oh no, sorry to hear that. Hopefully it will arrive soon so you can purchase some strawberries.

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57 Marsha @ The Harried Cook March 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Love the sound & look of the mustard vinaigrette! Must make this soon.. Thanks, Nancy!

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58 Spicie Foodie March 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Thanks Marsha!

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59 Batya March 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Looks delicious…now I just have to wait till we get some good looking strawberries. Yum!

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60 Spicie Foodie March 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Thanks Batya. Hopefully that will be soon for you.

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61 Geraldine Saucier March 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Your salad looks and sounds delicious. I love the strawberries mixed with the greens and sunflower seeds. The mustard vinaigrette = delicious.

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62 Spicie Foodie March 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Thank you Geraldine!

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63 Priscilla - She's Cookin' March 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

A beautiful pop of flavors and color here! Congrats on the Top 9, Nancy – your strawberry salad was definitely the one that catches your eye :) Happy Spring to you!

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64 Spicie Foodie March 21, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Thank you Priscilla! Happy spring to you too :)

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65 Easy recipes, stunning presentations March 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Sounds like a lovely dressing. Love the colourful pictures!!

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66 Spicie Foodie March 21, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Thank you!

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67 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! March 22, 2012 at 8:56 AM

So beautiful..I pinned it!

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68 Spicie Foodie March 22, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Thank you!!

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69 Viviane Bauquet Farre March 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Nancy, what a superlative spring salad – congratulations on making the Top 9! This is a scrumptious way to enjoy a light lunch on the porch.

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70 Spicie Foodie March 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Hi Viviane,

Thank you so much :)

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71 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

What a pretty salad – perfect for all the strawberries I’ve been buying!

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72 Spicie Foodie May 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Thanks Laura and enjoy!

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