Friday, May 28, 2010

Spring Strawberry Salad

Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market Spring Strawberry Salad
Husband Tested Recipe from the kitchen of Alice Wootton

The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market AND Lost River Market & Deli have just-picked sweet strawberries for sale right now! This salad includes tender lettuces and spinach that are also available in the spring. My husband and I are now hooked on a delicious honey mustard dressing that’s available at Lost River Market & Deli called Dillman Farm Honey Mustard Dip & Dressing. It’s perfect drizzled over this pretty salad. It’s good enough for company. To make this a main dish salad, just add chicken, salmon or beans. So dust off the picnic table, make some iced tea and serve this little bit of spring to your friends and family.

Basic Salad Ingredients:
1 large bunch of baby spinach and/or spring lettuces (washed & spun dry)
2 cups sugar snap peas, halved
4-5 asparagus spears, cut up into bite-sized pieces
1 carrot, sliced
3-4 radishes, sliced
2-3 cups fresh strawberries, halved or leave them whole
1 large handful of walnuts or pecan halves
1 avocado, sliced (add this at the last minute)
scant 1/4 cup blue cheese or goat cheese, crumbled or coarsely shredded Manchego cheese

Dillman Farm Honey Mustard Dip & Dressing (or substitute your favorite honey mustard dressing)

Layer the salad ingredients on a large platter or bowl. Drizzle with the dressing.

**Other great healthy salad additions or substitutions:
1 large red, orange or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 large handful of green beans, blanched and chopped
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 can cannelloni beans or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cooked chicken breast, chopped or a bit of poached, grilled or roasted salmon or a bit a of roasted or grilled pork tenderloin (in other words, whatever's left over from last night's dinner)
1 hard boiled egg, sliced

1 comment:

Green Girls of said...

The salad sounds worth trying. we have lots of strawberries in season here in Plant City, Florida. Thanks for the recipe! Angie