Better Living Through Local Foods
One of the things that the Mediterraneans do so well, and American cooking often lacks, is just to let super-fresh ingredients shine through, with little adornment and maybe just a sweet marriage of flavors that complement each other.
I was sad to miss the strawberry festival at last Friday’s Marshfield Farmer’s Market as I was headed out to the Berkshires for the weekend. I absolutely love the fresh wholesome food at Kripalu, where I stayed, but one of the best things I ate all weekend was a plain organic peach from Virginia that I grabbed on my way out.
This got me back to thinking about the sweet fresh strawberries my husband had grown back home in Marshfield; why tart them all up in a fancy dessert, sorbet, shortcake or crostata? Although those are all wonderful, I decided to keep it simple:
I based this salad on the lovely strawberry salad at Cedar’s Café in Hanover:
Romaine lettuce mixed with acorn leaf or other mixed lettuces (about 2 heads total)
1 Cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 Cup of crumbled feta cheese (my favorite is Trader Joe’s sheep’s milk)
1/3 Cup sliced raw organic almonds, toasted*
*Please try to buy organic almonds; after watching the movie “Queen of the Sun” about the worldwide devastating of honeybees, you will see how important it is to buy organic almonds and honey! Strawberries should be organic as well, they are part of the Dirty Dozen.
Toss everything together and dress with a vinaigrette of your choice.
My favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1 Cup green extra virgin olive oil
¼ to 1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar
1 small clove of garlic, pressed
1 t Dijon mustard
½ t dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine everything well with a whisk and enjoy with some pita bread from the farmer’s market!
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Katherine Rossmoore is a certified health coach, specializing in holistic nutrition for busy professionals and caretakers. www.betterlivingthroughfoods.com. You can also find Better Living Through Foods Health Coaching on Facebook!