Friday, 6 July 2012


Strawberries are in season now, the small, sweet, locally grown variety. There are lots of ways to use them: how about some strawberry lemonade? How about fruit salad with strawberries as the star ingredient? Or, how about just popping them in your mouth, one by one? Then there is another way to serve luscious sweet strawberries, and that is to scatter them on top of a salad. With feta cheese. There is something about feta that truly compliments summer fruit! If you're wondering, yes, salad dressing, if it's the right type, does go well with strawberries. The dressing for this salad includes balsamic vinegar, lemon, honey, and mint: It's a perfect sweet-tangy blend! Greens, feta, strawberries, and toasted nuts. Just four ingredients and the dressing. Simple and perfectly delicious! 

Make the dressing: 

1 tablespoon  honey
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon chopped mint
1/2 thyme leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • In a small bowl whisk the lemon juice with the lemon zest, honey, balsamic vinegar, mint and thyme. 
  • Whisk in the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and mix well.

a few raspberries scattered here and there add a wonderful accent to this salad.  

For the salad: 

feta cheese, crumbled
strawberries, sliced in half
spinach and lettuce leaves 
sliced almonds, toasted
pine nuts, toasted
  • Arrange the greens on a serving platter and mix in the pine nuts.
  • Top with strawberries and feta, sprinkle almonds on top and drizzle with the dressing.