Did you know that a strawberry isn’t a true berry? You should store that little nugget of knowledge up for the next table quiz you’re at. True berries have their seeds held inside the fruit; a strawberry’s seeds are dotted along the outside with their characteristic little dot. This post has been sponsored by Bord Bia and if you’d like to get more information on how to celebrate strawberry season visit www.bordbia.ie/strawberries
My father in law sat down after dinner the other evening as he’d selected the best looking strawberry from the chip for dinner. With a little knife he gently lifted the seeds from outside the strawberry onto a piece of kitchen towel to dry. Every single seed will become a new strawberry plant with each delicate white flower on that plant resulting in a delicious strawberry. The life cycle continues.
Normally associated with sweet dishes I like to eat strawberries in my salads. I hesitate to add too many ingredients into a salad with strawberries as they can sometimes be overpowered. The strawberries are a seasonal treat and I really want their natural flavour to sing!
Savoury Strawberry Salad (serves 4)
- 250g fresh strawberries, chopped
- 150g rocket
- 50g flaked almonds, toasted
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon honey
Put the strawberries, rocket, and flaked almonds into a large bowl.
Put the dressing ingredients into a clean jam jar, put the lid on top to seal and shake the jar well.
Once all the dressing has been well combined, pour over the salad and serve immediately.
This salad goes perfectly with a fresh goats cheese or poached salmon with lemon.