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Strawberry Romaine Salad


Warm sunny days, vibrant green leaves, and fragrant flowers are springing into action here in Arkansas. We find ourselves drawn outside to enjoy Arkansas beauty at its finest. Who wants to stay inside when it’s so gorgeous out there? Since we still have to eat, what’s something that’s quick and easy to prepare with no cooking? Salads!

We are highlighting a salad that includes a colorful ingredient that you can buy at your local farmers market, pick yourself at one of Arkansas’ many you-pick-it farms, or if you’re really lucky, pick right from your own backyard: Strawberries!

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Strawberry Romaine Salad is a light, refreshing, salad with just the right crunch and taste for a picnic or a backyard evening meal. You can find this, and other wonderful salad recipes in the ‘Soups & Salads’ section of ‘What’s Cookin’ at First Security’ Cookbook.


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6-8

strawberry salad ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup sugar toasted walnuts



  1. Combine oil, sugar, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika in a large jar.
  2. Cover and shake vigorously.
  3. Store in refrigerator up to a week.


  1. Tear lettuce into bit sized pieces.
  2. Combine strawberries, cheese, and nuts and add to lettuce.
  3. Toss to mix.
  4. Shake dressing and add to salad just before serving.

Nutritional Information:
Calories Per Serving: 528
Calories From Fat: 382
Carbohydrates: 34.1 grams
Sodium: 303 milligrams


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6-8


  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package ramen noodles
  • 1 large bag baby spinach leaves
  • 2 to 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package goat or feta cheese crumbles
  • Salad topper mix, to taste


  1. Combine red wine vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and oil.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Refrigerate for up to one week.


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter.
  2. Break up ramen noodles into butter and saute’ until lightly browned.
  3. Toss remaining salad ingredients.
  4. Shake dressing and add to salad just before serving.

Nutritional Information:
Calories Per Serving: 705
Calories From Fat: 514
Carbohydrates: 45 grams
Sodium: 921 milligrams


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 24 hours
Servings: 6-8


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 head lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped green peppers
  • 1 onion, diced
  • One (10 ounce) package frozen peas
  • One (4 ounce) package Velveeta grated cheese
  • 6-8 strips bacon fried and crumbled
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Mix mayonnaise and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Chop lettuce.
  3. In a large salad bowl layer lettuce, green pepper, onions and peas.
  4. Spread mayonnaise mixture over salad layers.
  5. Top with cheese and crumbled bacon.
  6. Chill 24 hours.
  7. To serve, toss and top with Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Information:
Calories Per Serving: 489
Calories From Fat: 314
Carbohydrates: 27.6 grams
Sodium: 1241 milligrams

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Employees and customers of First Security Bank have contributed their favorite recipes to What’s Cookin’ at First Security, a cookbook that benefits Arkansas Foodbank. They feature over 2,000 recipes and are available at any First Security Bank location for $20.

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Mary Wood is a lifetime lover of words. She hails from the suburbs of Nimrod, Arkansas where she is co-owner and number one stacker of wood in her family's sawmill. She loves playing in the dirt and raising a zoo-load of animals on their family farm. Her passions include living life with her husband Steve, son Caleb and all-grown-up daughters Rebecca and Rachel and son-in-law Matt. Homeschooling, writing women's Bible studies, and renovating their home fill up the remainder of her time.

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