Summer Salad with Strawberry-Ricotta Toast

Summer Salad with Stawberry-Ricotta Toast - Stay cool this summer with this refreshing butter lettuce salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and almonds. Serve with crostini topped with creamy ricotta cheese and juicy sliced strawberries. | foxeslovelemons.com

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a weird thing where I wait as long as humanly possible to turn on the air conditioning each summer. Call it pride, call it being a cheapskate about paying the electric bill.

But it gets to the point where I have 2 fans pointed directly at me, laying on the couch in shorts and a tank top in a fashion where no body part is touching another body part. <—– We call that the “husky lay” in honor of our first dog, a Siberian husky, who laid like that whenever the temperature got above 65 degrees. So much fur.

Summer Salad with Stawberry-Ricotta Toast - Stay cool this summer with this refreshing butter lettuce salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and almonds. Serve with crostini topped with creamy ricotta cheese and juicy sliced strawberries. | foxeslovelemons.com

I do eventually cave in each summer and turn on the sweet, sweet relief of blasting cool air. But until then, I need to keep my meals as cold as possible, too. Crisp, cold salads like this one are all I feel like eating when I’m doing the husky lay. I’ve lightly dressed crunchy butter lettuce with a simple balsamic vinaigrette and a sprinkle of Marcona almonds (regular almonds work fine here, too).

Because balsamic vinegar and strawberries are a natural flavor pairing, I bulked up my summer salad with a side of crostini topped with creamy ricotta cheese (equally dreamy in cannoli dip) and sliced strawberries. I did turn on the broiler for a hot minute to toast the baguette, but you could also do this in a toaster or toaster oven. Or, if it’s really hot, just don’t toast the bread at all. I won’t tell anybody. Stay cool this summer!

Summer Salad with Stawberry-Ricotta Toast - Stay cool this summer with this refreshing butter lettuce salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and almonds. Serve with crostini topped with creamy ricotta cheese and juicy sliced strawberries. | foxeslovelemons.com

Yield: 4 servings

Summer Salad with Strawberry-Ricotta Toast

Summer Salad with Strawberry-Ricotta Toast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 whole grain baguette, thinly sliced on a diagonal (about 12 slices)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 medium heads butter lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 tablespoons Marcona almonds or sliced regular almonds
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup thinly sliced strawberries

Instructions

  1. Heat broiler to high heat. Place baguette slices on rimmed baking pan and lightly brush with 2 tablespoons oil. Place under broiler and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp, watching very carefully.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. While whisking, slowly drizzle in remaining 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) oil until all oil is incorporated. Add lettuce and almonds; gently toss to combine. Divide salad between 4 plates.
  3. Spread crostini with ricotta and divide strawberries over ricotta. Divide crostini between salad plates and serve immediately.

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