Strawberry season! What can I say, strawberries are one of those things that you can get all year in the supermarket, but it's just not worth it. Nothing compares to in-season, just picked strawberries. I'm starting to see local strawberries pop up in more and more places. I picked up a quart of delicious tiny, slightly tart strawberries from Springdell Farm in Littleton yesterday. Besides just eating them plain, one of my favorite things to do is add them to a salad. Especially with the slightly tart berries like I got from Springdell. And that's not a complaint--I love when the berries have that touch of sour to go with the sweet. It's a great match for a vinegar-y salad dressing.
So here's a recipe for strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing. I'm not going to give you a "recipe" for salad--just add your favorite salad ingredients. I will, however, suggest you add some crumbled bleu cheese. It's a great match with the strawberry flavor. I picked up some of my favorite local bleu cheese: Great Hill Blue. Yum! And I also like to include some sliced berries in the salad as well. Delightful!
1 cup whole strawberries, hulled
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 to 1/3 cup red wine vinegar (depends on how tart you like your dressing--I've been known to dress a salad with straight vinegar, so I like mine vinegar-y!)
Fresh thyme (lemon thyme if you have it)--about 1 tablespoon of leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon sugar (optional--I forgot it this time and didn't miss it, though as I've mentioned, I like a really tart dressing)
Add all ingredients to a food processor. Whiz it around until it's salad dressing. Drizzle over your favorite salad.
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