I like cooking with seasonal produce because it always feels right. As the weather warms up, I try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in our daily diet as we do not need the bulk required to generate energy and heat. It also gives us a chance to shed those few extra pounds gain during the winter months. Salads become a mainstay, and I normally buy a pound of spring mix each week. Two to three times a week, Ro-Ri San gets a salad bento for work.
Strawberries have become increasingly available year round but their peak season is between April and July. They are the most fragrant, juicy, and sweet at this time of the year and there is an abundance of it at the grocery stores. Not only are they delicious but they are also very good for us. It is high in vitamin C and packed with phytonutrients essential for good health. No wonder that it is the most popular berry fruit in the world.
Strawberries also add aesthetic appeal to a dish. These beautiful ruby colored fruits with yellow seeds piercing its surface and regal green leafy cap conjure up images of flower and garden fairies. I am sure many of us remember having read fairy tales with beautiful illustrations of these ethereal beings.
Continuing with my weekend food find post, this is the Spring Greens, Strawberry, and Feta Salad – a sweet salty combination I made to go with the rest of the meal. I added the wonderful Greek feta that I bought and made a simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing to go with it. It had a kind of sweet salty combination with the sweetness coming from the strawberries and saltiness from the feta. It was a delightful salad.
- I package (5 oz/140g)) spring green salad mix
- 10 strawberries, hulled and sliced
- ½ cup (70g) crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- In an empty bottle, combine all dressing ingredients. Put the lid on and give it a good shake.
- Place spring greens in a salad bowl. Drizzle vinaigrette over greens and toss well to coat.
- Add sliced strawberries and feta cheese. Give it a light toss.
- Serve immediately.
NOTE: This post was updated on April 20th, 2015 with new pictures. No changes were made to the recipe.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎