Last night, I went to an Austin Film Festival screening of Spinning Plates with my mom. It was a documentary about three wildly different restaurants, their incredible owners and the unexpected commonalities between them. Seriously one of my favorite films of the year, and I was amazed at how I took something different away from each story: the power of generosity (Breitbach’s Country Dining), the power of family (La Cocina de Gabby) and the power of art (Alinea.) And the entire film reminded me of how meaningful food can be and reawakened my desire to experiment in the kitchen! Today’s recipe isn’t exactly experimental, but it is the perfect way to kick off Mother’s Day brunch this weekend, or really any springtime gathering where you want to spotlight the season’s prettiest lettuces and berries. I served this at the brunch we shot with Hayneedle a few weeks ago, and it was such a hit. The creamy brie, marcona almonds and ripe berries sort of made it feel like a cheese plate in salad form, and the balsamic-honey dressing is made up of a handful of ingredients but couldn’t be more delish. Keep reading for the recipe…

Strawberry, Brie & Butter Lettuce Salad

Ingredients:

  • 6 – 8 cups mixed tender lettuce (butter, arugula, red leaf, baby green oak, etc.)
  • 1 cup strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 1/3 cup marcona almonds
  • 4 oz wedge of brie
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry the lettuces, then tear into bite-sized pieces in a large bowl. Quarter the strawberries lengthwise, then add to the bowl.
  2. Add marcona almonds, and holding the brie over the bowl, use a paring knife to cut it into 1/2″ slices.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together vinegar, honey and dijon. While whisking, slowly stream in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add just enough dressing to the salad to lightly coat the lettuce leaves. Toss gently, then sprinkle a bit more sea salt over the top.

*images by Buff Strickland

17 comments
  1. 1
    Quinn Cooper | May 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I’m so into the combination of brie and strawberry. It’s a great balance between salty and sweet. Then when you add butter lettuce which has a crunch but isn’t too crunchy, it seems like you have the perfect summer salad here.
    Thanks for sharing.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

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    Sarah | Sarah The Architect | May 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Love strawberry and brie together! This looks delicious.

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  3. 3
    Dervla Kelly (@TheCuratorblog) | May 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    umm, yess! This sounds and looks amazing.

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  4. 4
    Sarah | May 8, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I really love your styling, you have such a way with colours and composition. This looks so perfect for Spring. 🙂

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    Kat Rodriguez | May 8, 2013 at 5:35 am

    I am so used to tossing feta in salads. I love the idea of the brie, especially with strawberries and almonds!

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    Laura | May 8, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Thank you Camille, we tried this last night and loved it. We didn’t have Dijon but made our own with regular mustard and spicy mustard powder.

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    Sara Palacios | May 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

    This looks so yummy!!

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    Jeanine Donofrio | May 8, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Looks so fresh, I just love strawberries in salads! Excited to check out that film…

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    Zoë | May 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This looks so good! I just started putting fruit in salads (mangoes to be exact) and this sounds delicous with the brie. Thanks for sharing!

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | May 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Yummm! This looks so delicious!!!! I’ll definitely have to try it!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) | May 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Love this salad, there’s nothing better than strawberries with brie – and then you added marcona almonds. Swoon!

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