Spring is in the Air…and on the Plate

Balsamic Strawberry & Broccoli Salad

It’s strawberry season! Not to mention chive season and lettuce season. Cool evenings and not-too-hot days make for smoother, softer-tasting chives (as the season progresses, they get more and more oniony) and sweeter, softer-tasting lettuce (hot days = more bitter leaves). All of that means it’s the perfect time to enjoy simple salads, either as main courses or sweet sides. This balsamic-splashed berry salad would be fantastic with grilled/sautéed chicken or shrimp, or you could toss with with cooked whole grains to make a heartier meal.

Balsamic Strawberry & Broccoli Salad

Figure on about 1 crown of broccoli, a handful of lettuce, and 6 strawberries per person. Recipe can be made to accommodate any number of diners.

Organic strawberries, sliced (since strawberries are our #1 most-sprayed crop, it’s worth paying an extra dollar or two for organic strawberries)

Mixed baby lettuce OR baby spinach

Cooked broccoli (simmer for 5 minutes in gently boiling water, then drain)

Fresh chives, minced

Balsamic vinegar

Extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper

Poppy seeds for garnish (optional)

Toss strawberries, lettuce, broccoli, and chives together in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with vinegar and oil in 1:1 proportions (start with 1 T. of each and add equal parts of more if the salad seems too dry). Garnish with poppy seeds if desired when serving. This salad would also be wonderful with hard-boiled eggs, grilled/sautéed chicken, or even grilled/sautéed shrimp.

Enjoy!

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  1. Another good one!

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