One of my favorite things about spring and summer is the fabulous produce that is available for us to purchase. About a month ago a farmers’ market in my area started selling beautiful strawberries by the pint, and I went on a really big strawberry recipe kick in the kitchen (thanks to all the great recipes I found online).
from the cooking blog , and even though the combination of strawberries with tomatoes sounded a bit odd, I had faith in the blog author/cook. I made the salad, and it was INCREDIBLE. I brought it to a backyard barbecue to share, and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the mix of strawberries, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar. I never knew that strawberries paired so well with balsamic, but they really do. Just thinking about this salad has made me realize that I must make it again very soon!
I also made a chilled strawberry soup one weekend while Greg was off teaching sailing lessons. It was so good that I ate the whole container before he got home; much to his disappointment. I will share that recipe today. The soup is sweet, smooth, and refreshing and it is perfect for enjoying outside on a nice spring or summer day. Not only is this dish tasty, but it is also good for you because strawberries are loaded with health benefits. They are full of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants - so go ahead, eat them up!
Chilled Strawberry Soup Recipe
3 cups of sliced strawberries, stems removed
1 1/2 cups of plain Greek yogurt (not reduced fat)
2 Tbsp. of heavy cream
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
2 fresh basil leaves, torn in half
1/2 cup of Reisling or non-alcholic Reisling
Freshly ground black peppers
Sliced strawberries, for garnishing
Small pieces of fresh basil leaves, for garnishing
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is smooth. Pour in to a bowl, cover with a lid, and place in the fridge for 2 hours before serving. Garnish with the sliced strawberries and basil. Sprinkle with some freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!
Adapted from: My Recipes, originally from Southern Living
*I will be posting some other strawberry-inspired recipes very soon*