When it comes to strawberry salads, we always want more! Have you tried your salads with grilled romaine? Charring the romaine leaves enhances the flavor, making this salad from Gerry Speirs at Foodness Gracious a stand out.
Strawberries are so versatile, making it easy to incorporate 8 strawberries into your daily meal plans. With just one serving of 8 strawberries packing a nutritional punch, who wouldn’t want to eat strawberries every day?
We’re loving this Strawberry Avocado Farro Salad from registered dietitian Kaleigh McMordie! It uses strawberries in a lunch or side dish that’s so satisfying.
Not only are strawberries delicious, there are so many health benefits that strawberries offer. One serving of eight strawberries provides 140 percent of the total recommended daily value of vitamin C. Paired with whole grains, herbs and avocado, this strawberry salad will be your new favorite way to get in eight strawberries a day.
Try it with grilled chicken or steak for a heartier meal. Enjoy!
If summer could spill onto a plate, it might just look like this strawberry, summer corn and zucchini dish created by Ellise from Cowgirl Chef.
There’s no reason to only put strawberries on the dessert tray. Sweet with a bit of acidity, California strawberries can easily star in savory dishes, too, like this one, a light summery salad made with two of the season’s other big players, corn and zucchini.
With a handheld julienne slicer or spiralizer, make long skinny noodles out of your zucchini. Put in a medium serving bowl.
Hull the strawberries, then dice them. I like to chop mine into smallish bits, about ¼-inch. Add to the bowl with the zucchini noodles.
Slice the kernels off of the corn cobs, and sprinkle on top of the zucchini and diced strawberries. Drizzle the Champagne vinaigrette on top, crumble the goat cheese and add this to the salad, too, along with the mint. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
Put the first 4 ingredients in an old jam jar and give it a shake to blend. Add the oil and shake again. Taste for seasonings. Will keep in the fridge for about a week.
Summer is coming and my internal food alarm seems to be ringing off the hook for summer food and flavors. At the top of my list are juicy California strawberries and steak. Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to enjoy them together in a recipe? Good news: I’ve created a salad recipe that brings them together in new way, a Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Peppered Steak Salad.
I love pairing bold-flavored foods, like steak, with fresh and light ingredients like strawberries to create surprising combinations. Plus, layering a lean steak on top of a mound of nutrient rich ingredients is a balanced way to enjoy it any day of year.
Instead of using fresh strawberries in this steak, I enhanced the strawberries by slow roasting them. This turns them into a naturally-sweet chutney/dressing on top of this flavor-explosion of a salad. If you’ve never roasted strawberries before then today is the day and this recipe is the place to start.
While the prep time looks lengthy in the recipe below, it’s mostly hands-off cook time. You can even prep many of the cooked ingredients ahead of time and reheat right before serving. Truly, this salad is easy to put together but is a show-stopper for looks and flavor. I hope you will give it a try at your first summer gathering or at your dinner table this week.
Author: Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, CSSD of MakeHealthyEasy.com
Serves: Serves 4-6
1 lb fresh California strawberries, washed, dried, hulled, and cut in half
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
1 lb top sirloin fillets
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 1” pieces
6 cups spring mix greens
Extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ cups cooked quinoa (from about ¾ cup dry quinoa)
¼ cup sesame seeds
4 oz fresh mozzarella pearls
2 tablespoons chiffonade fresh basil
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a 2 quart baking dish (or 8x8 square pan), toss strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Bake strawberries for 50 minutes, checking every 15 minutes and gently tossing in the juices.
Meanwhile, cook quinoa if needed.
Then, heat a heavy skillet (cast iron if you have it) over medium high heat. Season fillets with pepper and salt. When skillet is hot, add vegetable oil, then cook fillets to medium doneness, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside on a cutting board to rest. After about 5 minutes (more time is OK), thinly slice steak against the grain.
Reduce the skillet heat to medium and add green beans. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook till evaporated or green beans are crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
When strawberries are done baking, assemble salad. Layer a large platter with the spring mix greens, then spoon cooked quinoa on top. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Layer green beans on top of quinoa. Place steak slices on top of salad then spoon cooked strawberries and juice on top. Lastly, arrange sesame seeds, mozzarella pearls, and basil all around salad to your preference. If desired, sprinkle a small amount of fresh, ground black pepper on top.
½ cup (about 2 ounces) sliced stemmed California strawberries
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons Vietnamese fish sauce
½ teaspoon chili flakes
¾ pound cooked shelled shrimp
¾ teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar
8 spring roll wrappers
16 mint leaves
16 cilantro sprigs
¾ cup (about 3 ounces) quartered stemmed California strawberries
1 cup peeled, seeded cucumber cut into 2 x ¼ x ⅛-inch strips
To make Strawberry Dipping Sauce, in blender or food processor, purée strawberries, vinegar, oil, sugar, and fish sauce until smooth. Add chili flakes; blend until chili flakes are mixed in but still visible. To make Spring Rolls, in bowl, toss shrimp with vinegar; set aside.
Dip 1 wrapper into very hot water for a few seconds until soft and flexible; blot on towel to remove excess water. Place 2 mint leaves, 2 cilantro sprigs, 3 pieces strawberry, 3 shrimp and 3 cucumber strips in a line down the center of wrapper. Fold bottom over filling, fold in sides and roll up into tight cylinder. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 8 rolls.
Serve each roll with 1 tablespoon strawberry Dipping Sauce. Makes 8 spring rolls.
Rolls may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Place in single layer on plastic wrap-lined pan, cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until needed.
Diabetes Exchanges: Starch 0.5, Fruit 0.25, Very Lean Meat 1.5, Fat 0.5
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This grilled halibut dish, created by Chef Brian Malarkey, is simple to prepare – but is definitely one of the tastiest, freshest dishes ever. The buttery flakey fish, combined with the vibrant, slightly sweet strawberry salsa makes this a stand-out dish you and your guests are sure to love.
Combine olive oil, parsley, chives, lemon juice, lemon zest, orange zest and salt and pepper.
Place fish in a glass pan and pour marinade over the top. Cover and place in refrigerator for an hour.
In a bowl combine strawberries, shallot, almonds, olive oil, parsley, chives, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Set aside.
Preheat grill or oven to 350 degrees F for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Spray or rub the grill with non-stick spray and grill the halibut until cooked, approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Or place in an oven safe pan and cook in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily.
Plate cooked fish and then add a generous, “loving” spoonful of Strawberry Relish on top of each fillet. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.
As an alternative, halibut can be substituted with swordfish, mahi mahi, sea bass, cod, scallops or snapper. Diabetes Exchanges: Fruit 0.25, Very Lean Meat 8, Fat 7.5
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Thai Pork Kebabs with California Strawberry Quinoa Salad
1 cup hulled and quartered California strawberries
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into ¼-inch x 4-inch strips
¼ cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped, optional
1 lime, cut into wedges
16 bamboo skewers
1 recipe California Strawberry Quinoa Salad
California Strawberry Quinoa Salad
1½ tablespoons olive oil
⅓ cup hulled and quartered California strawberries
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions and cooled
¼ cup minced sweet yellow onion
1 cup finely shredded Napa cabbage
½ cup finely diced cucumber
1 cup diced California strawberries
Place strawberries, orange juice, cinnamon, cumin and cayenne pepper in the work bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Pour into a medium mixing bowl. Add pork strips, stirring to coat all sides. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Immerse skewers in water for 20-30 minutes (this will keep skewers from burning).
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
Thread pork onto skewers and grill for 3 minutes. Turn and grill for an additional 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.
Prepare California Strawberry Quinoa Salad.
Serve kebabs over California Strawberry Quinoa Salad.
Garnish with peanuts and serve with a lime wedge for squeezing.
California Strawberry Quinoa Salad
To make the dressing, place all dressing ingredients in the work bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
Place quinoa in a large bowl. Add onion, cabbage, cucumber, strawberries and dressing, tossing gently to combine.
Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
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Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea from CA Strawberry Ambassador, Dietitian and Lunchbox-Packing Mom, Holley Grainger: PB & Strawberry Sushi!
All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!
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Just use PB & fresh strawberries, or an alternative to nut butters!
It’s hard to believe we are already heading back to school! A new year calls for new backpacks, pencils, binders, and of course lunches. Whether you have been off of lunch duty for the summer, or you have been packing lunch for your kids’ summer camp, it’s always nice to have new lunch ideas. Sure a turkey and cheese sandwich is easy to make, but so are these PB & Strawberry Sushi Rolls. Ready in less than 5 minutes, everyone has time to throw these together. Best of all, I bet you already have most of the ingredients on hand.
All you need is a whole wheat flour tortilla, peanut butter, and strawberries. That’s it! Did you know that strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C? They even have more vitamin C per serving than an orange! This recipe calls for a cup of strawberries (this is about 8 strawberries). Clinical research suggests that eating a serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body, promoting heart health, diabetes management, supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.
Spread the peanut butter onto the tortilla. Add diced strawberries and roll the tortilla inward into a tight long roll. Make sure that you have peanut butter on the edge of the tortilla. This will help your roll stick together and will create a “seal”. Cut into 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife and serve with cut side facing up. You can add some flax or chia seeds to the roll for added nutrients. They can also be made with sunflower, almond, or cashew butter.
Serve with a crisp strawberry salad to add some crunch!
If you want to make this lunch really fun for the kids, send with chopsticks and a note that says, “You’re on a “roll” keep up the good work!” They will be so surprised and love the sweet note from you!