Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fresh Picked! part II

This is my second dish with our fresh picked strawberries.  Since we had gorged ourselves on strawberry shortcake, I thought I would choose a healthier option this time.  

Yep, a nice healthy salad.  This was a double serving of berries in the dressing and the actual salad.  
This is so quick and easy to dish up.  The flavors are fantastic!  Tastes like summer.

I love making my own salad dressings.  The ingredients are so simple and you are likely to have all the things you need right in your pantry. Plus instead of spending $4 for a bottle, you spend pennies!  Then, no plastic bottle to waste.  Try it..just start combing flavors and see what you come up with!

Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette
serves 4 as a side salad

1/2 cup sliced and hulled strawberries
2 Tbsp Champagne vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
pinch of salt

puree all ingredients together in your blender.  I used my Magic Bullet and it worked great.

Spinach salad

I combined Spinach leaves, more sliced strawberries, slivered almonds, and goat cheese.  
This is a great salad you can customize.  Use cranberries, candied walnuts, dried cherries..whatever tastes good to you!

Top with dressing and enjoy!

Since you had a salad, you should have these...

Darling Husband brought these Trophy Cupcakes home for us!  I love him...and cupcakes!
Chocolate chip mint (DH's favorite).  The Elvis: banana cake with coconut and pineapple and just about the best peanut butter frosting ever.  The Neapolitan, chocolate cake with strawberry and vanilla frosting.  

How many do you think I ate?!?!


  1. This looks so good! You better believe I will be eating cupcakes tonight :)

  2. That dressing sounds so refreshing right now!

  3. This dressing sounds wonderful! I wish I had more fresh strawberries, so I could make it!

  4. That dressing looks delicious. I'm always looking for new ways to use strawberries--I can't wait to try it!

  5. This salad is so gorgeous - fresh, healthful and full of colour. The dressing is stunning. Love the outdoor lighting by the way - the blue tone is very peaceful.

  6. Oh, that dressing looks incredible!!! The color, the flavor! YUM. Following you now :)