Sometimes I go to the farmers' market and want to buy everything there! There are many fruits and vegetables that have so much potential. I stopped at both a farm stand and a market yesterday, and one of the many things I ended up with was a pint of locally grown strawberries. They were so tiny and sweet that I wanted to find a way of using them that brought out their flavor, rather than hiding it.
This is a simple salad with an easy homemade dressing. Kentucky dressing is from the Gardeners' Community Cookbook, one of the cookbooks on my wishlist.
- leaf lettuce, chopped, or baby spinach
- fresh berries (strawberries should be sliced into bite-sized pieces)
- any other vegetables you'd like (I added baby bella mushrooms)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
- dash Worcestershire sauce (optional)
- Prepare salad as desired.
- In a small bowl with spout or liquid measuring cup, measure out vinegar. While whisking, add in olive oil, sugar to taste, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and Worcestershire sauce if using.
- Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad. Enjoy!
I've made this dressing several times and it is a little different every time. This time I was a little heavy-handed with the vinegar, creating a more sour dressing. Adding more sugar allows you to control the sweetness. In general, the dressing brings out the strawberries' sweetness. I've also enjoyed this salad with a combination of strawberries and blueberries.