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Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing


This post was sponsored by Potomac Mills. I was invited to visit and experience “The Market at Potomac Mills” with my family.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

On April 29th, I had the wonderful chance to be at the opening of “The Market at Potomac Mills” – a seasonal farmers market located in the commuter lot of the Potomac Mills outlet mall in Woodbridge, Virginia.

As I’ve shared in this post, I was thrilled to be at this event, because not only do I really enjoy going to farmers markets, it’s also being held at one of my top favorite places to shop for anything and everything here in Northern Virginia: the Potomac Mills mall.

"The Market at Potomac Mills" - an outdoor farmers market in Woodbridge, Virginia

Held every Saturday from April 29 through October 28, 2017, from 7am to 2pm, The Market at Potomac Mills will be featuring more than 50 local farmers, producers and vendors.

Purveyors include:

  • Westmoreland Berry Farm, a family-owned berry farm and market
  • Emerald Bee Bath, premium, hand-made soaps, bath bombs, scrubs, lotions and more
  • Blenheim Organic Gardens, a 400-acre farm that grows USDA certified organic produce
  • Sprelly, specializing in gourmet PB&Js
  • Tart Cart, making naturally gluten-free, vegan sweets



A band played at the opening day of "The Market at Potomac Mills" hosted by Potomac Mils mall in Woodbridge, Virginia last April 29, 2017

During our visit on opening day, a live band was playing while we were browsing through the market, which added cheer to the whole occasion.

Kids can enjoy free moon bounces at "The Market at Potomac Mills" farmers market in Woodbridge, Virginia (April 29, 2017)

Free moon bounce at "The Market at Potomac Mills" in Woodbridge, Virginia from April to October, 2017

Face painting is always fun for kids! "The Market at Potomac Mills - Woodbridge, Virginia

Kids can enjoy face painting and balloon artists will entertain them too at "The Market at Potomac Mills" in Woodbridge, Virginia- (held from late April to late October 2017)

There were bounce houses and balloon artists to entertain the kids too.  If you live close to the Woodbridge area at all or visiting or just feel like exploring, it’s one place to be on a nice weekend day!

Natural candles, essential oils and other cool stuff at "The Market at Potomac Mills" in Woodbridge, Virginia, open from late April to late October, 2017.

One thing I love about going to farmers markets is that you’ll never know what you’ll find.

Find fresh plants and flowers and herbs at "The Market at Potomac Mills" in Woodbridge, Virginia- a farmers market open from late April to late October, 2017.

I’m like a child in a candy store when it comes to visiting farmers markets! I just get so excited seeing all of the fresh, natural produce, food, skin care items, candles, fruits and plants… you name it!

Find sweet goods and other bakery items at the open farmers market, "The Market at Potomac Mills - Woodbridge, Virginia



And oh, the sweets and bakery items…

Yummy and freshly-made healthy crepes from Rita's Crepes at "The Market at Potomac Mills" in Woodbridge, Virginia

We enjoyed these mouth-watering, freshly-made healthy crepes from Rita's Crepes at "The Market at Potomac Mills" in Woodbridge, Virginia

My husband and I enjoyed a lunch of yummy, healthy crepes from Rita’s Crepes. Seriously guys, if you haven’t tried them and you’re not far from this farmers market, I suggest you go and get your quick, yummy ‘grab and go’ Saturday lunch at this cool eatery inside the farmers market at Potomac Mills.  They make the most delicious crepes right in front of you right after you order it!



Rita's Crepes are made fresh at "The Market at Potomac Mills" farmers market in Woodbridge, Virginia!

Rita's Crepes are made fresh at "The Market at Potomac Mills" farmers market in Woodbridge, Virginia!

So cool to watch the staff making them!

And what I get most excited about at farmers markets is the produce section.

Fresh produce found at the farmers market in Woodbridge, Virginia - The Market at Potomac Mills

Fresh fruits and produce found at the farmers market in Woodbridge, Virginia - The Market at Potomac Mills

 

Fresh produce found at the farmers market in Woodbridge, Virginia (The Market at Potomac Mills)

I grabbed a few items to make my Spring salad, which I will be sharing the recipe with you in a bit.

Zuzu Cuisine Food truck at "The Market at Potomac Mills" farmers market in Woodbridge, Virginia

So go check out The Market at Potomac Mills the next Saturday you are around the Woodbridge, Virginia area and don’t miss out on all the yummy, fresh farmers market goodness!

For more information on this event, please visit potomacmills.com or facebook.com/potomacmills.

About the Potomac Mills: Potomac Mills is Virginia’s largest outlet and value retail mall, located minutes from the heart of Washington D.C. The center features an indoor shopping experience with more than 200 stores, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, kate spade new york and Nike Clearance Store. Shoppers can also enjoy quality dining and entertainment from any of the Mills’ 25 eateries and 18 Theatre AMC. Conveniently located immediately off of I-95, Potomac Mills serves the thriving Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia region and also welcomes guests from all over the world. For more information, please call 703-496-9330.

SPRING SALAD WITH STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC DRESSING

I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Spring salad!

Perfectly delicious and super healthy Spring Salad with homemade Strawberry Balsamic Dressing recipe @ www.hipmamasplace.com!

Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing recipe at www.hipmamasplace.com

Delicious recipe for Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing at www.hipmamasplace.com!

For this salad, I make my own strawberry balsamic dressing – so easy to make, yet, it’s the perfect dressing flavor for this super healthy salad that has lots of my favorite greens: spring mixed greens and kale fresh from the farmers market at Potomac Mills.



Delicious and super healthy recipe for Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing at www.hipmamasplace.com!

Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing recipe at www.hipmamasplace.com

Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing recipe at www.hipmamasplace.com

Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing recipe at www.hipmamasplace.com

Delicious and super healthy recipe for Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing at www.hipmamasplace.com!

The strawberries, dried cranberries, almonds and feta cheese make this salad even more flavorful!

Enjoy!

This post originally published on Hip Mama’s Place on May 12, 2017. Updated, March 2021.  

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Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing


Ingredients

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  • For the Salad:
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 cups spring mixed greens, chopped
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • For the Strawberry Balsamic Dressing:
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. To make the strawberry balsamic dressing: In a food processor or blender, pulse the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss the chicken, spring mixed greens, kale, strawberries, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and sliced almonds. Toss with dressing or drizzle on top of served portions.

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58 Comments

  1. 03/26/2021 / 4:52 am

    This looks like a scrumptious sandwich. Can’t wait to try!

  2. 03/26/2021 / 4:09 am

    I love farmer markets. The foods are fresh with seasonal variety. The salad looks attractive. Can’t wait to try.

  3. Sarah
    03/26/2021 / 12:55 am

    Nothing is as good as salad

  4. sarah
    03/25/2021 / 10:27 pm

    This looks like a delcious salad.

  5. 03/25/2021 / 8:42 pm

    This looks so good! I love going weekly to our local farmers market. I am a big fan of kale. So, I love that you put some in your salad blend. Can’t wait to make this!

  6. 03/25/2021 / 5:27 pm

    With strawberries 🍓 coming into season soon I have to make this. Looks delish!

  7. 03/25/2021 / 3:22 pm

    This salad recipe looks and sounds so delicious. In the upcoming weeks, it will be more and more desired as it is fresh and seasonal.

  8. Kita Bryant
    03/25/2021 / 4:28 am

    I love little fairs and markets like this. You fond the best stuff there.

  9. 03/25/2021 / 3:25 am

    Yum! This salad looks so refreshing! How perfect for summer!?

  10. 03/25/2021 / 2:13 am

    I love going to Farmers Market. You can find the freshest ingredients compared to stores. Your salad looks delish.

  11. Kathy
    03/25/2021 / 1:37 am

    That salad looks really good. I’d love to give it a try. I’m always trying to find new salads to try.

  12. 03/25/2021 / 1:21 am

    Wow this sounds like a refreshing and delicious dish. I am on Weight Watchers, definitely sounds like a dish I can have!

  13. Ryan Escat
    03/25/2021 / 12:27 am

    Wow…. Their strawberries looks so great! It looks so fresh and big. And so affordable!! If I was here I would buy most of it.

  14. 03/24/2021 / 11:30 pm

    love Farmer’s markets.. and been a while since we went to one so thanks for this virtual visit 🙂
    Love the salad too, will attempt this substituting the chicken with something else (tofu ,,,)

  15. 05/17/2017 / 5:27 pm

    I love when we can shop at our local farmer’s market! Unfortunately the one we went to last year has closed down. There’s a few really cool market places but they are much further from our home. This looks like a fun place and I love that it’s kid friendly!

  16. 05/16/2017 / 2:02 am

    Wow, what a great fun day! I wanna go! LOL! recipe, looks amazing! : ) I love fresh everything!

  17. Crystal
    05/15/2017 / 7:28 pm

    I love the fresh offerings of the season! Strawberries have been fantastic recently, and I know watermelons are right around the corner. Your salad looks lovely!

  18. 05/15/2017 / 7:13 pm

    Wow. this market looks amazing.

  19. 05/15/2017 / 6:46 pm

    I have a weakness for markets because of all the fresh produce that you can buy there. Most of those are also organic which makes it even more awesome.

  20. Brittany
    05/15/2017 / 2:18 pm

    Oh wow! We just went strawberry picking the other day and now I have a bunch of strawberries to cook with! I will definitely try this one!

  21. 05/15/2017 / 1:50 pm

    How delicious! Spring Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing is one of my top favorite salads.

  22. brianne
    05/15/2017 / 12:43 pm

    This salad looks super yummy! I love farmers markets!

  23. 05/15/2017 / 12:15 am

    Wow, what an awesome visit. Look at all that amazing food! Yummy!

  24. Jeanine
    05/14/2017 / 9:01 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun! I haven’t been to a farmers market in a very long time. This one looks great!

  25. 05/14/2017 / 8:22 pm

    I love events like Potomac Mills. Every time, there are events like this, I would always take with me more cash, sometimes, it is a little bit expensive than the usual items in the grocery store but I wouldn’t hesitate to spend much on it. Most products comes from the farmers from the region, and mostly are organic so it is really advisable to patronize their products.

    The salad is healthy, and very appetizing. I too love to put balsamic vinegar on my salad. Great that you added strawberries.

  26. 05/14/2017 / 8:05 pm

    That salad looks so delicious!! I love farmers markets when they have a lot of options and fun things going on. This one looks great.

  27. 05/14/2017 / 7:27 pm

    I love farmers markets and outdoor events. They are some of my favorite things! Looks like a lot of great eats.

  28. 05/14/2017 / 6:40 pm

    I’m definitely going to give this dressing a try. I love fresh strawberries and berry infused dressings so this recipe is perfect for me.

  29. 05/14/2017 / 6:39 pm

    I love exploring Farmer’s Markets. You can find such great inspiration and new veggies and fruits to try. It’s also nice to support local farmers and artisans.

  30. Elizabeth O.
    05/14/2017 / 4:54 pm

    I really enjoy market because of all the good food and the fresh produce. I appreciate the salad recipe, especially the dressing. I have salad most of the days during Summer because it’s easy to prepare and you don’t have to heat up the kitchen.

  31. 05/14/2017 / 4:28 pm

    This looks like a terrific farmer’s market. That salad looks delicious.

  32. 05/14/2017 / 4:27 pm

    I love going to our local farmer’s market. The produce and the foods are top notch.

  33. 05/14/2017 / 3:01 pm

    We have a farmers market every Saturday nearby our home. We’ve been several times, only I’m not impressed. The handmade jewelry and soap always outweighs the food, which in my opinion is the whole reason for the farmers market.

  34. 05/14/2017 / 12:13 pm

    What a merry little farmer’s market with music and bouncy houses! And your spring salad looks delicious!

  35. Tereza
    05/14/2017 / 7:38 am

    The market looks like so much fun – would love to visit! And I can’t even tell you how amazing the salad looks – delicious! x

  36. 05/14/2017 / 3:02 am

    Looks like you had a lovely day! Seeing all those beautiful plants made me smile. That spring salad looks delicious! I can’t wait to try making it 🙂

  37. Rosey
    05/14/2017 / 1:12 am

    The last time I had crepes I was on one of my most favorite vacations. They were delicious. It’s been awhile.

  38. 05/13/2017 / 11:48 pm

    What a fun event! That salad looks perfect as well.

  39. 05/13/2017 / 3:13 pm

    I love Farmer’s Markets!!! Every Saturday there is one near our home in Brooklyn, and I work right by the huge Union Square Farmer’s market in Manhattan. You are so right that you never know what delights you might find!

  40. 05/13/2017 / 12:34 pm

    This really looks like it was a fun event.
    I like your variety of pictures – they really tell the whole story well.

  41. Dana
    05/13/2017 / 12:32 pm

    I love shopping at our local farmer’s market! And that salad looks so refreshing!!

  42. Kristina
    05/13/2017 / 4:11 am

    I love salad but never have I eaten a salad with fruit. I love fruit too. Maybe I can give this a try.

  43. 05/13/2017 / 3:59 am

    It looks like you had a fun time! I love a good outdoor market. That salad looks super good as well!

  44. 05/13/2017 / 1:29 am

    This looks like a fantastic place to shop. And one thing is for certain: I never met a salad that I didn’t like. That salad looks amazing. I would love to try this recipe sometime.

  45. 05/13/2017 / 1:18 am

    I love this! Also that salad looks so good, I will share that strawberry balsamic dressing with friends!

  46. 05/13/2017 / 1:11 am

    I love shopping the farmer’s market for fresh produce. You are right. You never know what you’ll find. The salad sounds perfect for a summertime lunch!

  47. 05/12/2017 / 10:51 pm

    Farmer’s Markets are the best! We always grab lunch and eat it while we check out the stalls. I love that this one had a bouncy house for kids!

  48. 05/12/2017 / 10:32 pm

    Oh my goodness! A mini Farmer’s Market. I love everything about this. Those crepes look fabulous and… I’m over the top in love with your salad!

  49. Pam
    05/12/2017 / 9:56 pm

    I love visiting the local farmer’s market. There is so much to see, do, eat, and buy. The produce is the best part.

  50. 05/12/2017 / 7:25 pm

    I would lhave picked up some of those ‘Chakra Candles’ for sure, and funny I have that same head Buddha head statue that is in your photo!

  51. 05/12/2017 / 6:45 pm

    I love adding fruit to my salads, they make it so much fresher and sweeten it up. The Market at Potomac Mills looks awesome and it looks like you and your family had a great time.

  52. 05/12/2017 / 6:18 pm

    Those crepes look so yummy I’m literally drooling looking at your photos! And I have YET to go to one of our Farmer’s Markets, but cant wait! I also love attending those!

  53. Sarah
    05/12/2017 / 5:46 pm

    I’m going to try that dressing recipe on our salad tonight. It’s Friday night homemade pizza and salad night here. Yeah Fridays!

  54. 05/12/2017 / 4:13 pm

    I love going to places like this. It brings back the idea of local. I love farmers market’s and local businesses and stuff like that. It looks like the food here was outrageously delicious.

  55. 05/12/2017 / 4:01 pm

    I love farmers market! That crepe looks amazing and I wish someone did that around here! Our market in my old city also had live music and things for kids. The ones here don’t and it really does change the feel of the market.

  56. 05/12/2017 / 3:21 pm

    This sounds like a nice afternoon out and a good way to buy local. My Mom loves Potomac Mills and stops there every single time she drives thru the area.

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