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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / June 25, 2020

The BEST-EVER Salad with Strawberries & Manchego Cheese

We all know how great & healthy salads are for you, but sometimes they just kinda get boring. In this post, I will show you how to make The BEST-EVER Salad with Strawberries & Manchego Cheese. This is the next-level in salads.

Seriously folks, this salad brings excitement back to the table. We´re talking an explosion of flavors, super easy to make and ready to serve in just 15 minutes. The kind of salad you expect from a high-end restaurant, except you can easily make it at home and for much less 🙂 .

To make this salad I used an aged Manchego cheese. This mixed in with the strawberries is what gives this salad that amazing sweet & savory flavor. I also used a great extra virgin olive oil to make the dressing. The dressing is what flavors this whole deal, so make sure to use the BEST ingredients.

TIPS & TRICKS to make this Recipe: I used romaine lettuce, but you can use any lettuce that you like. Again, I used an aged Manchego cheese, but you can use any cheese you want. Just make sure it is aged and has a sharp and salty flavor. To make the dressing I used balsamic glaze, which is similar or the same thing as a balsamic reduction.

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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5 from 2 votes

The BEST-EVER Salad with Strawberries & Manchego Cheese

Course Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 small red onion
  • 8 fresh strawberries
  • 2 ounces manchego cheese 56 grams
  • 10 walnuts
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 1 tbsp glazed balsamic vinegar 16 grams
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard 15.79 grams
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup 21 grams
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 40 grams / 33 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Remove the leaves from a head of romaine lettuce and stack them up, tightly roll the leaves together like a cigar, cut it right down the middle and into 1 inch pieces, add to a strainer and rinse under cold running water, dry the lettuce either with a salad spinner or dishcloth, add the cleaned dry lettuce into a large shallow bowl

  2. Thinly slice 1 small red onion and add over the lettuce, wash & pat dry 8 fresh strawberries and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices, add the slices of strawberry into the salad, season everything with sea salt & black pepper

  3. Add some thin shavings of Manchego cheese over the salad (I used a potato peeler) and crumble 10 walnuts over the salad

  4. To make the dressing, add 1 tbsp balsamic glaze into a bowl, along with 1 tbsp dijon mustard and 1 tbsp agave syrup, lightly season with sea salt & black pepper, start whisking together and at the same time slowly add in 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, once all the olive oil is incorporated and you end up with a creamy texture the dressing is done

  5. Using a spoon drizzle some of the dressing over the salad and serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. Donna Sue

    5 stars
    OK – I have yet to find a recipe on your site that I don’t want to make! Dude!!! Being that we are getting sick of California, wondering – is the home next to you for sale? I think Spain would be a wonderful place to retire, especially in your neighborhood! With all this healthy eating, I’m so thrilled. I’m going for another week of making recipes just from your website.

    12 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that!!! Much love 🙂

      13 . Jun . 2022
  2. Kate

    5 stars
    My fussy eater other half loved this! Used honey as couldn’t get agave and it as delicious.

    26 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      27 . May . 2022
  3. Diana

    Have just found « Spainonafork »

    07 . Jul . 2020
    • Spain on a Fork

      yay!! thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      08 . Jul . 2020
  4. Louise

    Greetings from Canada,
    I have been using some of your recipes for a while now. They are delicious!
    Question: What can i use in lieu of agave syrup? Would maple syrup work? Honey?
    Thanks Albert.

    25 . Jun . 2020
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can sub the agave syrup for honey 🙂 thanks for the comment Louise!!! much love from Spain <3

      25 . Jun . 2020

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