Strawberry Balsamic Burger Salad

Who’s stoked on summer?!?!

OH MEE! ME ME ME!

I’m over here working on my summer bod… and by that I mean I’m 3 weeks away from my due date. (teehee)

36 weeks pregnant

It’s pretty incredible to be coming into a summer season NOT CONCERNED AT ALL about my “bikini body”. In fact, I like my bikini body right now. Big belly and all. And I fully intend to be rocking this pregnant belly and the postpartum belly at the beach in hopes of lots of Vitamin D, salty air, a suntan, and sandy bums. Life is too short to be concerned about stretch marks, cellulite, losing those “last 5 lbs.”, and all the other things we crazy women worry our pretty little heads about every swimsuit season.

Speaking of summer, today is the  Solstice which means I will be eating ALL the burgers and ALL the berries in the coming months. If you’re a bunless-burger aficionado (like me), this burger salad will completely rock your world.

Feel free to omit the goat cheese if you are intolerant towards dairy. I promise the cheese won’t take any offense (and neither will your taste buds, it’s amazing even without cheese).

Balsamic Burger

Strawberry Balsamic Burger Salad

Burgers

1/2 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground beef
2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
1 green onion, minced
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper

Caramelized Onions

1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
2-3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
salt

Salad Fix-ins

4 c. baby arugula
8 large strawberries, sliced thinly
1/4 fennel bulb, sliced thinly
1 oz. goat cheese (optional)

  1. In a bowl mix together all of the burger ingredients until well combined. Form into patties and set aside
  2. In a skillet, heat 2-3 Tbsp. of oil/fat until warm. Add onions and cook slowly until caramelized.
  3. Once onions are soft and brown, add to a bowl with sliced berries and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Add a little more oil to the warm skillet, heat to medium-high. Sear each side of the burgers (or grill if you prefer) until desired “done”ness.
  5. Serve burger over arugula, fennel salad and top with balsamic mixture.
  6. Garnish with goat cheese. (optional)
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