It's hardly a new thought to put fruit in salad, but, strawberries work especially well. They form a natural marriage with herbs, especially basil and tarragon. And the strawberry and balsamic combo is well-celebrated.
At this time of year, their natural sweetness is a great foil for bitter greens like all that peppery arugula you're harvesting. When the strawberries are sweet enough, you can almost convince yourself that your healthy salad is a decadent dessert!
We've been mixing wild greens with strawberries and almonds, and tossing it all together with an improvised tarragon basil vinaigrette. Here are a few other strawberries-in-salads recipes to get you started:
• The picture above is Gourmet's strawberry and arugula salad with hazelnut dressing
• Food Blogga gives us a seductive strawberry salad.
• Eating Well pairs strawberries with arugula, walnuts, and Parmesan.
• The Houndstooth Gourmet puts together Watercress, strawberries, gorgonzola dolce and then gilds the lily by adding candied pecans. What was that about dessert?
Image: Rita Maas/Gourmet