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First up in our fancy homemade Valentine’s Day meal are the cute little drinks and the salad.  The two are tied together through strawberry slices, which are perfect for Valentine’s Day since they look just like sweet little hearts. 

strawberrydrinkandsalad-smallThe Strawberry Spritzers are so easy to make that it isn’t even really a recipe…and for very little effort you get something that is absolutely adorable!  I made a caramelized onion dressing to serve with the salad (because I also use caramelized onion for the pasta and beef recipes), but you could make it even easier and use your favorite prepared salad dressing…I think anything with a balsamic vinegar base would be fantastic since the strawberry/balsamic combo is delicious!


With the drinks and the salad out of the way, stay tuned because I’ll be posting the recipes for blush pasta and individual beef roulades soon!  Don’t forget to check out All Through the Year CheerBrandy is hosting our Valentine’s Day event and she made some incredible looking cookies!  ;)


Strawberry Spritzers


(Yield:  2 servings)


1 liter sparkling strawberry-flavored water (or any flavored sparkling water you like)

A handful of strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced


Pour the sparkling water into glasses and float the strawberry slices in the water.


Savory Strawberry Salad


(Yield:  2 first-course servings)


1 oz goat cheese, crumbled

1/4 c chopped walnuts, toasted

About 1 c strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced

About 3 c lettuce (I like to use red or green leaf), washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces

Caramelized Onion Dressing (see recipe below; or you can use any dressing you like)


Caramelized Onion Dressing:

1/4 of a very large onion, thinly sliced

2 TB olive oil, divided

1 TB balsamic vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper


To make the dressing:  In a small pan, heat 1 tsp of oil over medium-high heat until the oil starts to ripple, then add the onion and a pinch of salt, and stir to coat the onion with the oil.  Cook until the onion starts to soften and turn color (stirring occasionally).  Lower to the heat to medium-low and cook (stirring occasionally) until the onion is a rich caramel color.  You can add a splash of water at any point in the process if the onions start to stick to the pan too much.  In a blender or food processor, puree the caramelized onion with the remainder of the dressing ingredients; add a splash of water to thin out the dressing until it reaches your desired consistency (it should have a creamy texture).


Arrange the lettuce on two salad plates then top with the strawberries, goat cheese, and walnuts.  Drizzle the dressing on top (you will have extra dressing).


Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. AlKhabbaz says:

    How Can I Dry The Fruit Spaically The StrawBerry!?…

    1. AlKhabbaz, I’m not sure if I understand your question because the strawberries in this recipe are not dried (they’re just washed, hulled (i.e., green tops removed), and thinly sliced). If you want to dry strawberries for a different recipe, or just to eat on their own, I have a different post showing how to dehydrate strawberries: Hope this helps! :)

  2. lara norbury says:

    those strawberry spritzers look heavenly. i really really want one now. ;D

  3. First up – can’t believe I missed these Valentines posts, I have catching up to do. The spritzers are so cute – strawberries are just the perfect shape!

  4. Veronica M. says:

    AWWWWW! I never thought a salad could look romantic, but you did it with those strawberries. It’s so beautiful and I like the way the flavor combos sound…though I just can’t do goat cheese. Any ideas on what other cheeses could work?

    1. Veronica, Hmmm…you could try feta if you don’t mind the saltiness…or you could try ricotta salata, which is like feta but a little less salty. Or you could use a crumbled bleu, if you like the sweet/savory bleu cheese combo.

  5. Wow that salad sounds and looks fantastic! I love the strawberry/goat cheese/balsamic combo. You just can’t go wrong there.

    And this caramelized onion dressing intrigues me. Definitely need to give it a go!

  6. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    A savory strawberry salad is a terrific idea! Love the drink too!

  7. As usual, beautiful photos of delicious food. Love that salad.

  8. i’d be satisfied with a bowl full of heart-shaped strawberries…but a refreshing beverage and flavorful salad are also welcome. :)

  9. This looks great! I’m in love with that picture of the strawberry sprtizer where the strawberry looks like a heart. Delicious meal :)

  10. That caramelized onion dressing sound wonderful.

  11. Strawberry water! I just posted about this…but a spritzer would be even better!

  12. That salad looks amazing. I bet the goat cheese makes this dish!

  13. really pretty and fresh salad! I wish I had a hubby here so I can celebrate Valentine’s.

  14. Hehe Faith, we’re on the same page again! This salad looks wonderful. At first I thought “Hmm I’ve never heard of a savoury fruit salad but then remembered that jus thet other day I made a watermelon and feta salad which was so refreshing. I love the idea of using strawberries! :D

  15. Can I just crash your Valantine’s party? Love this salad with the caramelized onion dressing. Girl, you are good! Your ingredients look so fresh and tasty!

  16. I have got to try that dressing. Caramelized onions are one of my favorite things to eat… You take beautiful pictures by the way :)

  17. What a gorgeous and delicious salad! Very vibrant and pretty. I love caramelized onions – the dressing sounds excellent!

  18. Your caramelized onion dressing sounds heavenly! Yum, can’t wait to give it a try.

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