Sweet-tart berries are the perfect foil for rich avocado and creamy, fresh goat cheese. Add soft curls of butter lettuce, walnuts, and red onion, and you have a gorgeous salad.
For the dressing:
1/4 cup white or red balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
In a medium-size bowl, whisk together vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper. Drizzle olive oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly, until an emulsion forms. Set aside.
For the salad:
1 cup walnut halves
1 large head butter lettuce (also called Boston or Bibb lettuce), leaves separated
2 cups (about 10 ounces) small to medium-size strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 ounces chevre (fresh goat cheese), crumbled
In a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat, toast walnuts, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
Toss lettuce with enough vinaigrette to coat leaves lightly. Arrange on 6 plates. Gently toss berries, avocado slices, and onion in more vinaigrette and divide among plates. Top with walnuts and chèvre.