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Big Black Dog: Summer Strawberries!

July 14, 2009

Summer Strawberries!


Isn't summer fun! I love opening my refrigerator and seeing containers of fresh berries and it's so tempting to just grab a handful and snack! Berries are very versatile and everything tastes extra special when topped with fresh berries.

Even a simple salad comes alive with color and taste with the addition of berries, especially strawberries. I started making Fresh Strawberry Salad a few years ago and I have to admit that my first batch of Strawberry Dressing never saw a salad, I ate every delicious spoonful right out of the food processor!



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Strawberry Basil Poppy Seed Dressing
Recipe developed by Big Black Dog

2-3 handfuls of whole fresh strawberries
2/3 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 TBL lemon juice
1 tsp honey (add more if you'd like it sweeter)
6-8 fresh Basil leaves
1 TBL poppy seeds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put everything sans salt in a food processor and blend until creamy. Taste if and if it needs a little salt add a shake. Keep refrigerated.

I usually serve this over a spinach and romaine lettuce salad topped with toasted sliced almonds and sliced fresh strawberries.




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I served the Strawberry Salad with my new favorite summer wine, Sineann's Pinot Gris! I just love this wine and it's fairly inexpensive at $8.99 a bottle! And it has a very sleek glass cork which makes the wine so easy to open. And if you don't finish the bottle, the glass cork just pops back into the bottle with an airtight seal.



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11 Comments:

OpenID lasinthekitchen said...

I love salads and your salad looks just perfect for the summer! I'm going to have to try it for my work lunch! Thanks for sharing!

July 14, 2009 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I had me some blackberries right off the bush today! Nothing like fresh. Never thought of putting strawberries in salad.

July 14, 2009 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Lori E said...

The best thing about this recipe is that my husband doesn't like fruit in his salads so I get to eat it all. His loss.
There you go with those glass corks again. I still have never seen one here.

July 14, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I would say that I will bring the wind, but it looks as though you already have some! This picture looks good enough to eat! Great photography.

I love spinach salads and with strawberries and strawberry poppy seed dressing! What could be better?

July 14, 2009 at 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

I love strawberries in salad, not only look great taste even better...

July 14, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Looks great! Very similar to the salad I made for dinner on sunday night.

And what a cool bottle of wine. Love the glass cork!!!

July 14, 2009 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Manuela said...

Really, it's the perfect summer salad!
Beautiful! Mouth watering!

July 15, 2009 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Natashya said...

Such a gorgeous salad for summer. Congrats on your new address and banner, nice!

July 15, 2009 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Darn I wish the strawberries weren't over with here!

July 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com said...

This salad looks perfect for the summer - the strawberries are beautiful!

July 16, 2009 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Strawberries in a salad look so happy. They always make me smile!

July 22, 2009 at 7:53 AM  

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