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.