Strawberry Season!

It is strawberry time!  There is nothing like walking out to rows of organic berries, with my “pickin” bucket, ready to eat, I mean pick tons and tons of fresh, juicy strawberries!

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Straw protects our plants over the winter and then becomes a great weed barrier for our paths.

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Strawberry blossom

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Over the next month, we will pick berries daily.  We call this month, “Strawberry Everything”!  There will be lots of strawberry based smoothies, jams, desserts and salads created and consumed!

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Salad

  • 10 oz of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 4 oz of goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 C red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 C walnuts

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 C balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 1 T honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Add the balsamic vinegar to a small sauce pan and boil for about 2-3 minutes, until reduced by 1/2.  Pour into a bowl and add olive oil, dijon mustard, honey and whisk to blend.  Season with salt and pepper.  If needed, thin with a little water.
  2.  In a large bowl, add the spinach, strawberries, 1/2 of the goat cheese, red onion and walnuts.  Toss with vinaigrette.
  3. Top with the remaining goat cheese.
  4. Serve immediately

Note:  I have used a variety of leaf lettuces and kale with this salad, if fresh spinach is not ready in the garden.  I like both equally well. I have also used pecans or almonds.  Once again, they both work well.  Pick the greens and nut you love most!  Enjoy this perfect summer salad!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You!

Roda

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28 thoughts on “Strawberry Season!

  1. They look delicious. I am just started my suburban garden (maybe a suburban farm someday?). We did a few strawberry plants a few years back and they didn’t grow much. And the birds ate what little bit we had, haha.

    You are inspiring me to write about our garden.

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    1. Protecting your berries from the birds and critters is a must. You can purchase berry netting. It is inexpensive and helps a ton. We pick daily and even with netting will still have little bite marks. You should write about your gardens! ☺️🌸🌱

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  2. Oooh! Strawberries! They don’t ripen around here until around Mid July, still too cool yet. Your garden looks amazing. Your salad and that vinaigrette looks so delicious. I will definitely try that. Thank you for posting the recipe!
    Jo-Ann

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