Green Salad with Strawberry and Curried Sesame Seeds

Even with the days growing shorter and then sun shining a bit less brightly, it’s still the perfect weather for a light summer salad.

This dish is the epitome of simple, unencumbered food. The tart strawberries, earthy Parmesan, and spicy-sweet sesame seeds are all bold flavors that won’t weigh you down as you frolic through the rest of the evening. In fact, they work so well together that this salad doesn’t even need any sort of dressing, making it quite healthy for you as well. It works perfectly by itself but also makes an excellent starter or side for a seafood or poultry entree.

Whether you’re looking for something light, something simple, or something bold, this salad will do the trick!

Green Salad with Strawberry and Curried Sesame Seeds

  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons curry power (hot or mild, depending on your taste)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

 

  1. Place a cast iron pan on a stove and heat to medium-low. Empty the sesame seeds into the pan and toast until lightly browned, approximately 2-3 minutes (sesame seeds burn easier than other seeds and nuts, so be careful)
  2. Drizzle the butter over the sesame seeds, sprinkle the sugar and curry over the pan and toss several times to coat evenly. Allow the seeds to cook for 3-5 additional minutes so the sugar caramelizes lightly. Remove from heat and allow to cool for at least ten minutes.
  3. While waiting, prepare the rest of the salad. When the seeds have cooled, sprinkle them over the top and serve.
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