Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Berries are here!

Last week our family picked strawberries and raspberries at Garden Hills Berry Farm near Fertile. This farm is not certified organic, but grows produce naturally; their brochure states that insecticides are used only when necessary to preserve their crop.

Most of ours get eaten straight out of the box, or frozen whole for later smoothies, etc., but I do enjoy salad with strawberries or blueberries on it. I found this dressing that has far less sweetener than the traditional recipes for lettuce salads w/ fruit.

Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 t. maple syrup
3/4 t. dijon mustard
1/4 t. freshly ground pepper
3-4 T. extra virgin olive oil

Salad: 1 bunch spinach, washed, stems removed
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1/4 small red onion, sliced in thin half moons
berries, washed and sliced, if strawberries

Mix dressing in a bowl and toss with salad

(From Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods by Cynthia Lair)