Saturday, June 22, 2013

Strawberry Salad

The strawberry is actually a member of the rose family, with the most common varieties being a hybrid of the wild Virginia strawberry, native to North America, and a Chilean variety. The plant produces succulent, red, fruit from tiny white flowers, and sends out runners to propagate.

Although the plants can last about 5 years with careful cultivation, most farmers use them as an annual crop. Crops take 8 to 14 months to mature. Strawberries are social plants, requiring both a male and female to produce fruit.

Strawberries are native to North America, the Indians used them in many dishes. The first colonists in America shipped the native larger strawberry plants back to Europe as early as 1600. Another variety was also discovered in Central and South America, which the conquistadors called futilla. Early Americans did not bother cultivating strawberries, because they were abundant in the wilds.

Cultivation began in earnest in the early part of the 19th century, when strawberries with cream quickly became considered a luxurious dessert. New York became a strawberry hub with the advent of the railroad, shipping the crop in refrigerated railroad cars. Production spread to Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida and Tennessee. Now 75 percent of the North American crop is grown in California, and some areas have Strawberry Festivals, with the first one dating back to 1850.
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Need you daily dose of fruit, try this strawberry salad recipe.

Strawberry Salad
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Ingredients:
1 (8 oz.) bag shredded lettuce
1 pint strawberries, wash hulled and cut into wedges
1/4 cup crumble goat cheese
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, roasted
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey mustard
pinch salt
pinch black pepper

Directions:
Combine olive oil, honey mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a salad bowl, add shredded lettuce, strawberries, crumble goat cheese and walnuts. Just before serving, add dressing and toss to coat. Enjoy!



 

18 comments:

  1. I too want this for the lunch with some homemade bread! So fresh and delicious!

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  2. I love a nice and refreshing strawberry salad...thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a fresh way to start the summer off with such a great salad! Lovely!

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  4. I could always use a dose of fruit! I LOVE strawberries. I'm going to put one of these together for lunch! :-)

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  5. Strawberries were my Mama's favorite. She would have loved this!

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    1. My mom and I would go and pick strawberries. Good memories.

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  6. Love that you used shredded iceberg! Some extra juicy crunch for me!! Love love!

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  7. I love this sort of salad for a meal. Just add protein of choice and you're good to go!

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  8. Such a healthy good looking salad, Christine!

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  9. I love all of the goodies on this salad! It's like a treat and a meal all in one!

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  10. Sweet, savory and crunchy - all on a bed of fresh lettuce... Perfect!!

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  11. Thank you everyone for stopping in.

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  12. love strawberries in salad, it is so refreshing

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  13. Love strawberries on salads!! Great flavors!

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