Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons #SundaySupper #FLStrawberry

Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons

This post is sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Love is in the air! Today Sunday Supper celebrates Valentine’s Day with recipes and ideas for turning tasty Florida Strawberries into exciting dishes to serve your loved ones.
Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons

I care about what foods I serve my family and friends. I know you do too. Florida Strawberries can help you enjoy A Healthy and Nutritious Valentine’s Day.


Strawberries are a great example of nutrient-dense foods, which provide the greatest amounts of vitamins and minerals with the fewest calories.
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Fun Facts:

  • One cup of strawberries (about eight medium-sized berries) yields 150 percent daily value (DV) of vitamin C for only 50 calories.
  • Strawberries are also relatively high in fiber. One cup provides 3 grams, or 12 percent DV.
  • Did you know that strawberries are good for your bones? Strawberries are an excellent source of potassium, folate and the trace mineral manganese, which are essential for maintaining bone health.
  • The average strawberry has over 200 tiny seeds!
  • Strawberries are second only to apples in fresh-fruit popularity.

Enjoy nutrient packed Florida Strawberries as part of your breakfast, lunch or main meal.

Breakfast becomes a bit sweeter when you add Florida Strawberries to your favorite hot or cold cereal. I like to add a few slices to my pancakes and waffles, too. For pancakes, add strawberry slices right before you flip it. Of course a little homemade Strawberry Balsamic Syrup is a perfect topper!

strawberry balsamic syrup table

Lunch might be a small tossed salad. There’s always room on my plate for Florida Strawberries!

strawberry lunch

Even beverages become something special with Florida Strawberries in the recipe! Add fresh strawberries to lemonade, ice tea or sparkling water for a new way to enjoy your favorite drink.
Of course I always save room for Florida Strawberry inspired dessert !

Strawberry Choc Banana Cake (740x740)

For today’s Sunday Supper event with Florida Strawberries, I chose to kick my salad up a notch!

Chef salads are as unique as the person creating them. Most Chef Salads are actually well-balanced meals. You’ll find a type of protein, dairy, bread and vegetables. How can I make this type of salad even more healthy and tasty?
Add Florida Strawberries, of course!
Why stop with adding a few slices? I incorporated fresh strawberries in the croutons and lemon basil dressing too. A strawberry trifecta!
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Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons
Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons

Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 each


  • Salad
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup sliced Florida Strawberries
  • 12 ounces cooked turkey or ham
  • 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup baby carrots, sliced
  • strawberry croutons (recipe below)
  • Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing (recipe below)
  • Strawberry Croutons
  • 2 cups hearty crusty bread (French, Italian) cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons minced strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing
  • 1/4 cup strawberry puree
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon or Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh, chopped basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Toast bread cubes at 300 degrees until golden brown. Cool.
  • Whip butter and sugar together until smooth. Add strawberries and dried basil.
  • Gently fold butter over toasted bread creating a light coating.
  • Return to oven and bake at 325 turning as needed until all sides are golden brown. Cool before adding to salads.
  • dressing
  • Whisk together strawberry puree and lemon juice. Whisk in oil, basil and salt and pepper.
  • Assemble salads on 4 plates. Drizzle with dressing.
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It is Valentine’s Day! 😉

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Keep enjoying fresh Florida Strawberries all season long with these great recipes and ideas from Sunday Supper!






Plus: Nutritious Fresh Strawberry Recipes plus Strawberry Almond Milk from Sunday Supper Movement

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40 Responses to Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons #SundaySupper #FLStrawberry

  1. Shelby says:

    So many great ways to enjoy the strawberry! I really love your salad trifecta! It looks absolutely delicious!

  2. Renee says:

    “He knows what a girl really wants” – I love it!!!
    And I’m in total love with your salad. The croutons! Oh the croutons!!!!
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  3. Nichole says:

    …strawberry croutons?! Oh Cindy…..I need this entire salad in my life, stat!
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  5. Those croutons and that dressing! YUM!
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  9. What a great recipe, and I love the ring! 😉
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  12. Liz says:

    I adore a chef’s salad, but I think YOURS could be my new favorite! Love the triple dose of strawberries!

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  14. Kelly says:

    Love the picture of “Jammer” with all the strawberries! :)

    And strawberry croutons…genius!

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  16. Great way to top off a salad! Love the strawberry ring!

  17. Hezzi-D says:

    I love the sound of strawberry lemon dressing but I’m really intrigued by those croutons!

  18. I love this take on croutons! A gorgeous looking salad!
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  19. Summer says:

    This looks so colourful and delish ♥

  20. Sue Lau says:

    So refreshing with the strawberries and feta!
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  21. Soni says:

    Love your strawberry lemon dressing and the vibrant colors in your salad!So so yum Cindy!
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