Featured Recipe: Strawberry Pecan Salad with Sweet Red Wine Vinaigrette

Strawberry Pecan Salad with Sweet Red Wine Vinaigrette

What better way to welcome summer than with this simple salad that is dressed with a delicious vinaigrette? Strawberries are the perfect food for women. They’re low in calories and high in iron and vitamin C. Strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, fibre, potassium, and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Combine these with green leafy salad mix and you have everything you need for a powerful health-booster.

For the vinaigrette, use a good quality red wine vinegar, as it is important for flavour. Even this ingredient provides heart healthy resveratrol, a red pigment shown to promote cardiovascular health. You can make your own red wine vinegar by opening a bottle of red wine, enjoying a glass or two, and then allowing it to sit for a few days on the counter. The wine will gradually oxidize into delicious red wine vinegar.



  • 6 cups (1.5 L) fresh salad mix
  • 1 1/2 cups (385 mL) fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups (385 ml) pecan pieces



  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) honey
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) minced onion
  • 1 cup (250 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) red wine vinegar

Serves 12.


  1. Mix salad greens and halved strawberries in large salad bowl. Top with pecans and sweet red wine vinaigrette.