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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

August is upon us and that means that the berry season is almost over. Capitalize on the last of the fresh berries with this simple and delicious vinaigrette and salad recipe.

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigette

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons aged Balsamic Vinegar
Juice of a lemon
Sea Salt and Pepper

Combine the strawberries, lemon and vinegar in a blender and blend. Slowly add the oil to the mix until slightly emulsified (It becomes a bit more opaque and will not separate as easy) add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a bit of dried tarragon to this to make a more herbal version. This will keep about one week.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

3 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup sliced strawberries
handful of chopped and toasted walnuts
shaved hard cheese such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano or Asiago
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

To toast the walnut bake them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10min or until slightly brown.
Toss all ingredients with a healthy portion of the vinaigrette and shave cheese on top!

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