Summer Strawberries & Toasted Pecan Salad // Leah's Plate

I had my family over last weekend for a fun-filled bbq. This strawberry and toasted pecan salad is the perfect summer salad.  It’s great as a side dish or appetizer. It can also be made into a meal by adding some grilled chicken or fish.

Summer Strawberry & Toasted Pecan Salad


Summer Strawberry & Toasted Pecan Salad

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  • Author: Leah's Plate
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free


  • Salad Ingredients:
  • 10 ounces arugula
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 4 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Toasted Pecan Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (can substitute brown sugar)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 12 Tbsp maple syrup (or sub agave nectar)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet (tin foil works as well). Roast for 8 minutes.
  2. Add coconut oil, coconut sugar, sea salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Remove toasted pecans from oven and toss with coconut and spice mixture. Spread back onto the baking sheet and toast for approximately another 5 minutes, or until golden brown, being careful not to burn.
  4. Remove pecans from the oven and let cool briefly and then sample to test flavor. Toss with a touch more salt or coconut sugar as needed. Set aside.
  5. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and shallot. Sauté until soft and fragrant, about 3 – 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  6. Add shallot to blender or food processor with balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp olive oil, maple syrup and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until completely pureed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. Add arugula, hemp seeds and most of the strawberries and roasted pecans to a large mixing bowl and top with 2-3 Tbsp dressing. Gently toss to combine.
  8. Plate salad and garnish with remaining strawberries and pecans. Serve additional dressing on the side. Serves 2 as an entree, or 4 as a side dish. Best when fresh.

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Salad inspired by Minimalist Baker’s Strawberry Arugula Salad

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