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June 07, 2013

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberries with Feta, Almonds and Balsamic
I live in a swath of the state where strawberries are plentiful and readily available, not to mention, pretty darn good just about every month out of the year. But once the warmer weather arrives, their sweetness is unrivaled.

There's certainly nothing wrong with piling them into a big bowl and burying them under an avalanche of fresh whipped cream or even letting them ski down a mountain of vanilla ice cream, but sometimes a strawberry needs something a little different to spice things up.

I know many people who get a bit unnerved whenever there's talk about mixing sweet and savory, but this salad, in spite of the feta cheese, is definitely more sweet than savory. It's a great dish to include with any type of BBQ, especially when that involves a spicy sauce.

If you're grilling this weekend, give this easy side salad a try— it's definitely a palate pleaser.


Strawberry Feta Salad

2 pints fresh strawberries, washed and hulled; sliced
1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
1 handful of toasted, sliced almonds; crumbled
balsamic vinegar (I used a tangerine balsamic)
fresh ground black pepper
shredded mint—optional

1. Arrange sliced strawberries on a large platter.
2. Top the strawberries with the crumbled feta and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar.
3. Allow to sit and 'marinate' for 20-30 minutes, at room temperature.
4. Just before serving, top with crumbled, toasted almonds and fresh ground black pepper.

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