Recipe: Strawberry Vinaigrette

Ok- so I am making a pact that every sunday I am going to the Minneapolis farmers market. I went yesterday and loaded up on some amazing fresh and local food!

Can you believe I got all this food for only $30?!!

6 huge bunches of lettuce, 2 bunches spinach, 2 bunches Kale, radishes, sweet peas (that are soooo crisp and juicy- you’d never get ’em like this in the store), pea shoots, bananas and lemons (not local or organic but you’re just not gonna see those grown in MN!), 2 jars of raw honey (both local- this is where the bulk of my $ went!) and a lastly big bunch of lilies (for my mother-in-law).

This was a steal of a deal! So, how can I afford not to go every weekend, right?

These peas were picked at the perfect time with not a single blemish on them, they are perfectly sweet and juicy!!

When I hit the market I try to go early, you get the best selection and it’s less busy. Our market is huge and packed with hundreds of people- even at 7:30 on  Sunday morning!! Forget going at 11 or 12, its back to back people and you barely get to talk to the vendors.

When I got home from the market it was about 8:30, just in time to make breakfast and wake up the boys. I was thinking with all the lettuce I just got, a fruit vinaigrette would be a perfect compliment for a breakfast salad! I had some strawberries on hand, so that’s what I used.

I am sort of what I call an “intuitive cook”. I like recipes but mostly I go by what “feels” right. Sometimes this method fails me, but usually it doesn’t.

So I whipped up this batch on pure intuition- just went with what felt right and it turned out pretty darned tasty!

The salad base was lettuce and pea shoots with a handful of peas and radishes.

The vinaigrette:

  • 3 large ripe strawberries
  • Juice of half a lemon (I threw in a quarter of one of my brined lemons– peel and all)
  • About 1 tsp raw honey
  • About 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • About 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Puree the strawberries, brined lemon or lemon juice and honey in blender or food processor. I have a mini food processor that I love for doing stuff like this. I suppose an immersion blender would work too.

2. After it’s blended well add the apple cider vinegar.

3. Then, slowly add the olive oil until it thickens to the consistency you want.

That’s it! Easy peasy!

The only thing I wish I had on hand was poppy seeds, that would have made a nice addition, if you have some throw them in at the end.

Lastly, for the salad, I topped it off with some crumbled bacon. This made a delicious Sunday morning breakfast salad!

Make sure you take time to stop and smell the flowers! These lilies were amazing!

This post is shared at TGIF, Sugar Free Sunday , Melt In Your Mouth Monday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Traditional Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesday, Healthy 2 Day, Whole Food Wednesday, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways , GAPS friendly fridays, Fight Back Fridays , Fresh Bites Friday, Simple Lives Thursday, Recipe Roundup- Strawberry

This post was featured over at Gluten Free Wednesdays!!

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11 Responses to Recipe: Strawberry Vinaigrette

  1. heatherhappy says:

    Thanks for the vinaigrette recipe. It looks good and I think I can have this on my GAPS diet. OH, and those sugar snap peas look yummy. I eat those like candy 🙂 🙂 They’re so good. I get my produce from a local CSA and it’s always nice. I love our farmer’s market, too 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  2. YOu get way better deals at your farmers market than ours! Huge price difference the honey alone would have been 14 dollars and each bunch of kale and spinach is min. 3$, that’s 26 bucks already. Ohhh to live in the states where food is cheap… Lucky girl.

  3. Lovely haul. Lovely recipe, which we’ve pinned on Pinterest. See you again soon!

  4. amber says:

    Beautiful, beautiful recipe. Clean, fresh, and nourishing. I just love this, Linnae! Thank you so much for sharing with us on AFW. I always look forward to your nourishing recipes. I’m pinning this one for sure!! 🙂

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  5. Laura says:

    I adore strawberries and this vinaigrette looks fantastic. I can’t wait to make it the next time I pick up strawberries at the store…which I am sure will be very soon!

  6. Linda says:

    That sounds easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing it for this month’s strawberry theme at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

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  8. Holly says:

    Wow, that dressing looks luscious on your breakfast salad, Linnae–and it even coordinates with the stargazer lily!

    Have you considered sharing this on the Strawberry Recipe Round Up at Gnowfglins? I’m just an avid reader there, but think it would be a lovely addition.

    In case you’re interested, here’s the link: http://www.gnowfglins.com/2012/06/22/strawberry-seasonal-recipe-round-up/

    • Linnae says:

      Thanks Holly!! I have been a bit behind on the blog carnivals lately, summer is just so busy. 😉 Thanks for the reminder!!! I will be sure to add it, I love Gnowfglins, Wardeh is amazing!

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