Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Strawberry & Blue Cheese Salad With Whole Grain Mustard Dressing

Strawberries are everywhere this time of the year and we have been enjoying them almost daily in sweet and savoury dishes.

Since they are quite perishable, strawberries should not be washed until right before eating or using in a recipe. Do not remove their caps and stems until after you have gently washed the berries under cold running water and patted them dry. This will prevent them from absorbing excess water, which can degrade strawberries' texture and flavor.

Despite their perishable nature, strawberries do appear to hold up well in fruit salad if properly stored and chilled. This is good news for those of us who are pressed for time but love fresh fruit salad. And who doesn't since its a perfect addition to any meal and makes a great snack or dessert?

Strawberry & Blue Cheese Salad with Whole Grain Mustard Dressing
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp whole grain mustard
1 tsp honey
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup strawberries - washed and halved
4 prosciutto slices
1/2 cup blue cheese - crumbled
tender lettuce leaves

Place vinegar, whole grain mustard , olive oil and honey in a bowl. Whisk well and season with some salt and pepper.
Wash and halve strawberries and toss with lettuce and dressing. Place prosciutto and chunks of creamy blue cheese on salad. Serves 4.


19 comments:

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so refreshing! Love strawberries and balsamic.

Reeni♥ said...

I love a sweet and savory salad! This is so yummy! I bet the strawberries were so delicious with the bleu cheese!

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a yummy salad...great flavors and so appealing to the eye.

Esi said...

Perfect spring flavors in this salad!

Marta said...

I love this oil-free dressing, really letting the strawberries shine! Plus, strawberries and blue cheese are only like one of my favourite combos! Great summer salad!!!

Pearl said...

what a beautiful salad!

Debbie said...

What a delicious looking salad. Love the flavors and I love strawberries....

Jo said...

I love the colours of this salad. Full of summer taste and goodness. Delicious pictures.

Olga said...

looks so very good and colorful! love blue cheese :P

karen said...

i'm sure i would love this. and it looks so beautiful.

Maya said...

pigspigscorner - You are so right, both ingredients go well together.

Reeni & Poornima - thanks guys!

Esi & Marta - Thanks :)

Pearl, Debbie, Jo - I have been thinking of ways to use up the berries.

Olga and Karen - You Will!!!

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Dimah said...

Looks delicious and refreshing!

Juliana said...

Love salad with fresh fruit, specially strawberries that are in season now. The one that you feature looks great so summery...very tasty and colorful. Nice pictures.

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Lori said...

What beautiful colors. I bet it tastes great.

Kevin said...

That is one nice looking salad! A great way to enjoy the strawberries!

comfycook said...

What a wonderful combination of flavors and beautiful colors.

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