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Strawberry Salad: New Twist on a Summer Favorite

Strawberry Salad Recipe

Address: Author: Judith M Wilson
Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 94920
Phone: 415-435-0305
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Strawberries: New Twist on a Summer Favorite
By Judith M. Wilson

Juicy bright red strawberries are one of the joys of summer. These days, everbearing berries are available right up until fall, extending the season for favorites such as strawberry shortcake and fresh strawberry tart and giving cooks the opportunity to be creative throughout the warm-weather months.
You don’t have to limit yourself to desserts, though. Mill Valley chef Tyler Florence served grilled sandwiches filled with mild, creamy cheese, strawberry preserves and fresh berries at the Mill Valley Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting Festival in 2009, and they were a big hit, drawing the longest lines of the day.
Unadorned fresh, sweet berries at the peak of perfection with tart plain yogurt and granola make a healthful and tasty start to the day, and you can even use strawberries in salad. Branch out and make the most of California’s bounty in the following recipe for salad greens with strawberries and almonds. For the best, most flavorful ingredients, visit a local Farmers’ Market, where you can find most of the ingredients and make shopping an adventure.
Gourmet Greens with Strawberries and Balsamic-Honey Vinaigrette
Serves 4
4 large handfuls of gourmet salad greens
1/4 cup of slivered California almonds, toasted at 350º F for 8 to 10 minutes
1 basket of strawberries
1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
Wash greens and dry thoroughly, and put it into a salad bowl. Slice the strawberries lengthwise, and add them to the lettuce. Add dressing, and toss gently to combine all ingredients. Add almonds and cheese, saving a little of each for garnish, and toss lightly. Serve on chilled plates; garnish with the remaining goat cheese and almonds.
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. liquid honey
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly. Gently stir in oregano.
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© Copyright 2012, Judith M. Wilson, Tiburon, California 94920