Strawberry Festival: The Berry Best Way to Enjoy Them This Season
One of my favorite treats as a child was my mother’s strawberry salad. It didn’t matter what time of year it was; she would find strawberries whenever the mood struck. The recipe was easy: slice a ridiculous amount of strawberries in a large mixing bowl, pour orange juice over it and add a ton of sugar, because strawberry season or not, the Italian culture always adds more sugar. As we became adults, she would even throw in a couple teaspoons of Anisette Liqueur to give it a little kick. May sound weird. Try it. Just a little. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Now that I’m older and have adopted my own methods in the kitchen, I love the spring season when I can get sweet, ripe strawberries so I can make my own version of this salad. Being more health conscious, I omit all the added sugar. I simply use fresh-squeezed orange juice and chiffonade some mint, stir together, and enjoy this salad as an after dinner treat. Sweet. Juicy. Fresh. Delicious. For special occasions, I will still add a little of the Anisette like my mother did!
Strawberries are low in calories and fat and are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, and phytonutrients. All of these are linked to improved heart health, lowered risk of developing cancers, blood sugar control, and lowered blood pressure. Certainly sounds like great reasons to start incorporating them into your diet this season. You can make a family trip of it. National Pick Strawberries Day, on Friday, May 20th, marks the start of strawberry season and runs through June. It will be the perfect time to visit local farms and grab them fresh from the source.
Strawberries are irresistible on their own, but I also love the simple recipes that allow this berry to stand out. Here are some of my favorites:
Strawberry Avocado Salad
Wheat Berry, Spinach, and Strawberry Salad
Strawberry Chicken Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream
5-Ingredient Strawberry Salsa
Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips (Great for kids!)
Infused Water Flavor Combinations
Slice up some fruit and herbs and let them sit in water for a refreshing treat! Be sure to store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Strawberry + Grapefruit + Sage
Strawberry + Cucumber
Strawberry + Raspberries + Mint
Strawberry + Lime + Cucumber + Mint
Strawberry + Kiwi
Strawberry + Lemon + Basil
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