By far one of the highlights of spring has to be farm fresh strawberries. Whether you pick your own, purchase them at a farmers market, or travel to your local strawberry farm, there is something absolutely wonderful about these sweet, juicy berries that always beckon and call my name in the month of May!
While just washing them and popping
twenty or so a few in my mouth throughout the day is always delicious, I love to cook or make dishes that incorporate my favorite berry. From jam (Strawberry Wine Jam, Vanilla-Laced Strawberry Jam) to dessert (White-Chocolate & Strawberry Pie, Pavlova with fresh berries) or even breakfast (Mixed-Berry Muffins)your imagination can guide you to all kinds of mouth-watering treats!
Recently I stumbled on a recipe for a Strawberry Caprese Salad that Southern Living Mag had shared on Facebook. After tweaking it just a little, I put together my own Strawberry Caprese Salad that was absolutely flavorful and delicious; a real spring treat for sure!
1/4 cup Peach White Balsamic Vinegar (can be purchased in a speciality store)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Splenda brown sugar blend
1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup chopped basil
10 ounces mozzarella, cut into bite sized pieces
1 1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, quartered.
ASSEMBLING THE CAPRESE SALAD
Whisk together the peach white balsamic vinegar, garlic, Splenda brown sugar blend, pink salt and black pepper in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Add fresh basil (saving just a little to garnish with) and mozzarella cheese bites; toss to coat. Cover and chill about 2 hours. Stir in strawberries; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve as an appetizer with toasted French bread baguette slices (I found mine at Fresh Market in the deli). Garnish with thinly sliced fresh basil.
This is such a unique dish and with the use of farm fresh flavors of spring, you can’t go wrong!
What is your favorite dish to incorporate strawberries? Inquiring minds want to know!