15 June 2014

Celebrate Fathers Day with a Spinach Strawberry Salad with Burrata from My Garden Footprint

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Burrata
 As a child strawberries became synonymous with the "Strawberry Social" fundraiser we attended in elementary school. We would get all "spiffied" up and head to the school as a family. Part of the strawberries appeal is that it's arrival marks the beginning of summer. Strawberry shortcake brings memories of lazy summer days, warm sunshine and childhood pursuits.

It doesn't take much to make me happy in the summer.  Give me my Adirondack chair on the porch  and a bowl of freshly picked strawberries and my day is made. When the first of the local strawberries make their appearance (always worth the wait), I start to think ahead, remembering how quickly this season tends to fly by.  You could try some of my favourites like British Sponge Cake with Mascarpone Cream and Strawberries, Genoise with Strawberry Ice Wine Sauce, or to cool off a Strawberry Frozen Yogurt.  We are now celebrating the arrival of cherries so strawberries are now at the tail end of their season, but these would still work wonderfully with the smaller and more intensely flavoured end-of-the-season strawberries. They are not just for jam anymore! 

"Ripe strawberries hung from the little plants, row after row.
They gleamed like baubles, bright and red among the leaves,
weighing down their stalks.

Odo Hirsch

Tender leaves of freshly plucked baby spinach, sun-kissed local strawberries and creamy burrata cheese make a delicious seasonal salad for Fathers Day. Tie it all together with a light strawberry dressing. Yes please!!! The recipe comes from My Garden Footprint.

**Spinach Strawberry Salad with Burrata**

Cashews or other raw nuts ( I used butternuts which I had on hand)
Burrata (or goat cheese – whichever you prefer!)


3-4 strawberries (I used 3 large strawberries)
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice
sprinkle of salt/pepper

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  1. What a great-looking salad!

  2. This delicious recipe has just reminded me that I need to put myself in first gear and make it while strawberries are still plump and luscious! Although the season for strawberries is over here, we are still getting gorgeous ones from California, not exactly a 100-mile food strategy, but they are so hard to refuse!!! Have a lovely, relaxing, strawberry-filled Sunday, Val! xo Roz

  3. A beautiful salad! Healthy and surely mighty tasty.



  4. Look absolutely beautiful dear Val, what beauty post!:)

  5. What an exquisite combo, Val - sweet and lusciously creamy. Happy sigh. :-)

  6. Look how red the berries are on the inside. Not easy to find them like that even in season. Beautiful image as well.

  7. Looks like a winner, like summer on a plate.

  8. Beautiful salad and so healthy too.

  9. Burrata and spinach are the perfect partners! I love salads like this.

  10. I was snacking on strawberries this morning in the car and thinking about how good strawberries make it so easy to pick fruit over some other unhealthy sweet.

  11. spinach just loves to be eaten with strawberries, of that i'm sure! this sounds wonderful!

  12. Burrata+strawberries... That's a paradise, not only the eyes. Beautiful combination.

  13. I'm currently OBSESSED with burrata. Loving this salad!!


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