When it comes to strawberry salad, 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?
Strawberry Salad with Grilled Romaine and Cotija Cheese
Author: Gerry Speirs, @foodnessgracious
½ cup sour cream
3 Tbsp lemon juice
½ cup cilantro, chopped
½ tsp ground cumin
1 pinch salt
¼ tsp black pepper
4 slices salami sliced to bacon thickness
1 head romaine lettuce
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup ripe California Strawberries
1 Tbsp fresh chopped oregano
½ Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese
Whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper to make the dressing and set aside.
Roughly chop the salami and sauté in a pan until crispy. Transfer to some paper towel to drain.
Preheat your grill to high and remove the outer leaves of the lettuce. Slice the romaine in half-length ways, drizzle with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Lay each half onto the hot grill cut side down and girl for about 2-3 minutes or until the romaine starts to get a good char color on it. Transfer the lettuce to a large platter.
Slice the strawberries into quarters and place on top of the romaine wedges.
Cut the avocado into small dice and add to the romaine followed by the salami chunks, oregano, cilantro and cheese.
Lightly drizzle some of the dressing over the romaine and serve at once.
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!
Are you a flatbread fan? Then we have the recipe for you! Try these Buckwheat Flatbreads with Strawberries, Avocado and Herbs from our friend at Cowgirl Chef.
This flatbread uses half buckwheat and half regular flour. Instead of tomatoes used as a topping, strawberries are the star of this flatbread, and offer a bit of a surprise to a savory dish. Plus, a serving of eight strawberries is packed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients, including potassium, folate and fiber.
Buckwheat Flatbreads with Strawberries, Avocado & Herbs
Author: Ellise Pierce
Serves: 4 flatbreads
1 package yeast
¾ cup warm water
1 tsp honey
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp olive oil + 1 Tbsp for the bowl
1 cup buckwheat flour
1¼ cups bread flour
16 oz ricotta
1 pint California strawberries
8 fresh basil leaves
A few sprigs of fresh chives
12 fresh mint leaves
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
Put the first 5 ingredients in your mixer bowl and stir to combine. Let rest for 5 minutes or until the mixture is foamy. Add the flours. Mix for about 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky and releases from the bowl.
Add the olive oil to a medium bowl, transfer the dough to the bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours, or let rest overnight.
When you’re ready to make the flatbreads, pull the dough out of the fridge, and let it come to room temperature. Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
Half-cook the flatbreads. Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured board, and put into a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. When the first side bubbles, flip it over and cook for a few more seconds, until very lightly browned — remember, you’re only cooking these halfway. Remove and stack on a plate. Repeat with the remaining flatbreads.
Save time: Make the flatbreads in advance, and keep them in a plastic bag in the fridge or freezer.
Preheat the oven to broil. Put the 4 flatbreads on a baking sheet. Spread 2 tablespoonsful of ricotta on each one. Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp on the edges.
Hull and thinly slice the strawberries, and add them to the flatbreads.
Dice the avocado, and add one-fourth to each of the 4 flatbreads.
Chop the herbs and scatter them on top. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Check out this unique – and tasty – strawberry ceviche avocado boats recipe from our friend Kendra Cordoza at Paleo Pazarazzi!
We’re always looking for new, unexpected ways to incorporate strawberries into our diets. Just one serving of eight strawberries is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber and antioxidants. How could we not want to enjoy eight strawberries a day?
½ cup lime juice (enough to cover shrimp so they cook evenly)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut avocados in half and remove the pit. Squeeze lime juice on top, sprinkle salt on them, place on a serving dish and set aside.
Chop shrimp into bite sized pieces. In a medium, shallow container, add the shrimp, lime juice, strawberries, onions, cilantro and jalapeño. Let marinate until the shrimp is no longer see-through but opaque, about 10 to 20 minutes.
After shrimp has marinated, add salt and pepper to taste and mix the ceviche well.
Add the ceviche to the center of each avocado boat. Garnish with more cilantro, lime juice, strawberries and red pepper flakes if desired. Serve chilled.
Serving size: 6 avocado halves w/ filling Calories: 204 kcal Fat: 11 g Saturated fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 10 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 187 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 20 g Cholesterol: 143 mg
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Place the oats, whole wheat pastry flour, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the oats are finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture forms large crumbs.
In a bowl, whisk together the egg and canola oil. With the motor running, slowly pour in the egg mixture. Process until the mixture starts to stick together. Transfer ¾ cup of the mixture to a bowl and stir in the nuts. Set aside for the topping. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan to form a crust.
In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, 6 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Spread the strawberry mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved nut mixture over top. Bake until the topping is starting to brown and the fruit is bubbling, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a rack, then transfer to the fridge for 30 minutes (this will help with cutting and serving the bars). Cut into 24 pieces.
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 119 kcal Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 17 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 52 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g Cholesterol: 14 mg
Great for the gatherings with friends and family, this Strawberry and Mozzarella Toast recipe is a hit!
Whether it’s practice for holiday season or a casual get together, this recipe is one to try out! Even though a bit of panic set in just as I typed that statement, I know that I have lots to look forward to during holiday months like December. Traditional tree trimming, checking out the beautiful holiday lights in our neighborhood, baking cookies with the kids and, of course, gathering with family, friends and coworkers.
By far, getting together and sharing great foods with friends and loved ones is one of my favorite things to do during this time of year, but let’s be honest, typical food options are not always the healthiest! No matter how strong our willpower may be, it can be extremely challenging to stick to healthy habits, but I’ve got a delicious recipe that can help keep us all on track. It’s light, healthy and will look beautiful on your holiday table!
This recipe features strawberries dressed in a combo of honey and a balsamic vinegar reduction, then roasted in the oven. Roasting brings out a rich, sweet flavor to the strawberries and this pairs perfectly with melted fresh mozzarella cheese on toasted crusty bread.
Besides adding a bright and festive flair to your holiday spread, strawberries are packed with nutrients that benefit the entire body. A serving of eight strawberries has been shown to promote heart health, brain health and even helps with diabetes management. Strawberries have also been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. The best part? They are naturally sweet, yet low in sugar. A single serving has less than half the sugar of an apple and half the calories of a banana, making them the perfect option for your holiday spread. They may be small, strawberries pack a big nutrition and flavor punch to both sweet and savory dishes, so enjoy!
1 lb strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut in half
¾ tsp honey
2 tsp balsamic reduction
8 slices of ciabatta or baguette
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Over medium heat, add balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Heat until vinegar boils, then reduce heat a simmer. Stir occasionally to avoid scorching. Simmer for 10-13 minutes, until vinegar has reduced by at least half and consistency is that of syrup. Set aside.
Place prepared strawberries in a large bowl. Add honey and 2 tablespoons of prepared balsamic reduction to strawberries and mix to combine ingredients.
Transfer berries to a parchment lined baking sheet. Arrange in an even layer. Bake berries for 25-30 minutes. When done, set aside and allow to cool slightly.
Serving size: 1 toast Calories: 367 kcal Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 61 g Sugar: 7 g Sodium: 794 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 13 g Cholesterol: 9 mg
Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!
Before working for California strawberry farmers I’d never thought of using strawberries in savory dishes very much. Sure I’d had salads with strawberries, but I had not yet tried anything more adventurous than that. If I hadn’t done so, I might’ve never tried strawberry & avocado tostadas.
A couple years ago while at a blogger event in San Francisco, I tasted Italian rice balls with a strawberry compote stuffing instead of the more traditional tomato sauce. It was one of those moments when you can honestly say to yourself, or anyone in the vicinity, “I think this is the best thing I ever ate.”
Since that time I’ve done a lot of experimenting in my own kitchen, and at work. Part of my job requires putting together events that showcase the versatility of strawberries, and sometimes that means challenging chefs to come up with unique ways to serve strawberries. I’ve had the pleasure of tasting creations like baby back ribs with strawberry barbecue sauce, strawberry flatbread pizza with balsamic glaze, strawberry nachos, strawberry and prawn spring rolls – and the list goes on.
This recipe for strawberry and avocado tostadas is a good starter recipe for those looking to experiment with new ways to enjoy strawberries. Like me, you might also be pleasantly surprised at how delicious strawberries can be when added to savory dishes.