Happy Valentine’s Day! Hearts and love are everywhere. Have you ever noticed how strawberries are perfect for the day? It’s because they are red and they have a heart shape. Plus they taste so good. Yes, those berries from Florida are spectacular. Trust me, I know. I recently was at a strawberry farm in Florida and tasted them right off the plant. Scrumptious. A farm and garden is how I was inspired to make this Herbed Strawberry Salad.
Where to get those fresh strawberries in winter? Head to your local grocery store. It’s the season for Florida strawberries. Those beautiful, sweet, fresh berries from Florida Strawberry Growers Association farms can be found in the produce section.
Herbed Strawberry Salad is light, healthy, and nutritious. Berries are truly in the spotlight. It’s simply sliced strawberries lightly tossed with an herb dressing and topped with more fresh herbs. Oh, and edible flowers too. One must have flowers on Valentine’s Day. I used violas because they are small and delicate.
What herbs did I use? Mostly ones from my own garden. I have rosemary and used it to make an infused olive oil. Thyme is chopped and whisked into the dressing. A sprinkling of parsley is on top. Chives and green onion are also sprinkled on top. I did have to get those two from the store when I purchased the strawberries. All of the herbs should be available in the produce section of your local store.
Strawberries are loaded with vital nutrients. They can help keep your body healthy and strong. It’s important to get proper nourishment especially in winter (prime cold and flu season). Only eight medium strawberries can provide the daily requirement of Vitamin C. For more strawberry nutrition information go here: 10 Reasons To Eat Strawberries.
Keeping up with the latest on Florida Strawberries is easy! All you have to do is follow them and Strawberry Sue on social media plus visit their websites:
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- Florida Strawberry Growers Association on Twitter
- Florida Strawberry Growers Association on Instagram
- Florida Strawberry Growers Association on Pinterest
- Florida Strawberry Growers Association Website
- Strawberry Sue on YouTube
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How about more strawberry recipes to make for someone special? Scroll down to find a list of them. The Sunday Supper Movement is proud to partner with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association to share a delightful taste of summer all winter long. Also for festive cheers, take a look at my Strawberry Whiskey Sour and Strawberry Martini to make with those incredible Florida strawberries. For further inspiration, check out the Fresh Florida Strawberries Pinterest board.
Herbed Strawberry Salad
For the rosemary olive oil:
- 1 cup olive oil
- 8 sprigs fresh rosemary about 4-inch long sprigs
For the dressing:
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons rosemary olive oil
For the salad:
- 1 pound fresh strawberries hulled and thinly sliced
- 1 green onion white and light green part only, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh snipped chives
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
- Edible flowers for garnish optional
For the rosemary olive oil:
Place olive oil and rosemary in a small saucepan. Heat until warm, between 120° and 145°F. Do not allow to boil.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Transfer oil and rosemary to a container. Cover tightly and store at room temperature.
Best made a few days in advance. Use within 30 days.
For the dressing:
Whisk together vinegar, thyme, mustard, honey, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in oil while whisking constantly.
For the salad:
Place strawberries in a serving bowl. Drizzle part or all of dressing over strawberries (a little goes a long way). Toss gently to coat strawberries with dressing.
Top with green onion, chives, and parsley.
Garnish with edible flours if using.
Herbed Strawberry Salad is a delightful mix of fresh strawberries, herbs, green onion, and herb dressing. It's a bowl of summer goodness.
Recipe inspired from one in the Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications, Garden-fresh Recipes 2015.
Nothing beats taste of summer to brighten up winter. Take a look at these wonderful strawberry recipes by Sunday Supper tastemakers:
- Skillet Baked Strawberry Oatmeal from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Strawberry Banana Hazelnut Cream Crepes from The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Coffee Cake with Greek Yogurt from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Sweetheart Strawberry Scones from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Strawberry Almond Milk from Sunday Supper Movement
- Strawberry-Basil Spritzer from Eat Picks
- Strawberry and Cream Smoothie from Flour On My Face
- Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Love and Confections
- Sparkling Strawberry Sangria from Family Foodie
- Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake from Ruffles & Truffles
- Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Herbed Strawberry Salad from Magnolia Days
- Strawberry Waldorf Salad from Food Done Light
- Balsamic Strawberry Walnut Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil from Soni’s Food
- Chicken with Strawberry Mole Sauce from Curious Cuisiniere
- Mahi Mahi with Strawberry Sauce from Cooking Chat
- Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Parfaits from Daily Dish Recipes
- Flourless Almond Cake with Strawberries and Coconut Cream from Casa de Crews
- Strawberry Cannoli from Palatable Pastime
- Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.