KISSing my Strawberries, as in Keep It Simple, Silly!

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!

The first 5 people to comment on this post (tell us your favorite way to enjoy strawberries) will receive a free pass to stream the movie “Queen of the Sun”, sponsored by Whole Foods. Please send your email address to after you comment.

Katherine Rossmoore is a certified health coach, specializing in holistic nutrition for busy professionals and caretakers.  You can also find Better Living Through Foods Health Coaching on Facebook!


About eSS&SC

The South Shore and South Coast has been home to hunting, gathering, fishing, farming––and great eating––for over 10,000 years. We are committed to identifying, devouring, and sharing all that Southeastern Massachusetts has to offer today and preserving local options for future generations.
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6 Responses to KISSing my Strawberries, as in Keep It Simple, Silly!

  1. Erin says:

    I would love to see the movie Queen of the Sun and share it with my own blog readers,! Thanks for sharing such a great and simple recipe Katherine 🙂

  2. Michelle Kauranen says:

    Fresh strawberries, lettuce and almonds! My favorites. Katherine has perfected the way to enjoy the fresh taste of summer. The feta and balsamic vinaigrette finishes this simple salad to perfection. Yum!

  3. Mimi Maxwell says:

    Delicious and simple dessert, but you might need the power of a VitaMix: Freeze individual strawberries (organic of course!). Pile the frozen berries in your VitaMix, add your favorite milk, dairy or not, Enhance with a drizzle of honey. Churn it up until you have sorbet or gelato. If you really want to go crazy add a couple of basil leaves or other fresh herb of choice. You might be surprised a the herb/berry combo! so good and simple.

  4. Roberta Duncan says:

    I’m with Katherine here; the simple preparation and serving of strawberries is a grand summer delight. For the past two weeks now, almost every plate is embelished with a few fans of beautiful flavorful strawberries. There is nothing more delightful, in my opinion, than a glass mug filled with mostly fresh sliced srtawberries, along with a syrup from thawed out strawberries only (no sugar) that I have added freshly zested ginger and just a touch of lime juice to. That syrup drizzed over my SO DELICIOUS (a brand) vanilla dairy free ice cream, finished with beautiful fresh sliced red strawberries is pure summer indulgence.

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