It’s Summer Time: It’s Strawberry Time!

We are lucky here in California to be able to get strawberries pretty much year round, but there’s nothing like a sweet, ripe, juicy Summer strawberry! Strawberries are serious nutrition power houses- they boast plenty of fiber, more vitamin C than any other berry, folate, important in red blood cell formation and crucial in prenatal development. They are also antioxidants that help protect against heart disease. So here are a couple of my favorite strawberry recipes! Enjoy!

 

Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad

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(Source: EatingWell.com)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, or red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 small avocado, (4-5 ounces), peeled, pitted and cut into 16 slices
  • 16 thin slices cantaloupe, (about 1/2 small cantaloupe), rind removed
  • 1 1/2 cups hulled strawberries, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)

Preparation

  1. Whisk honey, vinegar, mint, pepper and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Divide spinach among 4 salad plates. Arrange alternating slices of avocado and cantaloupe in a fan on top of the spinach. Top each salad with strawberries, drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Summer Berry Medley with Limoncello and Mint

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(Source: Cooking Light Magazine)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 2 cups hulled fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
  • 1/2 cup torn mint leaves

Preparation

  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl; let stand 20 minutes. Gently stir in mint using a rubber spatula.
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