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Strawberries here, strawberries there, and strawberries everywhere this season. And this year they're especially sweet, so plump, and so beautiful. Aside from simply feasting on freshly picked strawberries, I've created two additional ways to enjoy the harvest. The first, a salad dressing, is easy to prepare and was an instant success at our table. The second, a strawberry salsa, makes a colorful, tangy accompaniment to any meal. Enjoy all throughout strawberry season. Californians are lucky to have strawberries available year round!

STRAWBERRY SALAD DRESSING

Yield: 3 cups (720 ml)

1 heaping pint fresh strawberries, or 14 to 16 ounces (about 450g) by weight

3/4 cup (180 ml) water
1/2 cup (120 ml) organic canola oil
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 large clove garlic
1/2 to 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon powdered mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper

  1. Wash and stem the strawberries and put them into the blender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
  3. Adjust the seasonings to taste, being careful not to overpower the delicate flavor of the strawberries.
  4. Serve immediately over fresh crisp greens or chill until ready to use. Refrigerated, the dressing will keep for 5 days.



Strawberry

SPRINGTIME STRAWBERRY SALSA




Yield: 6 servings

1 heaping pint fresh strawberries, or 14 to 16 ounces (about 450g)

6 tablespoons diced onion
3 tablespoons broken walnuts, toasted
3 tablespoons golden raisins
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
1 to 2 pinches cayenne pepper
3 sprigs fresh cilantro

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mash half the strawberries with a potato masher.
  2. Dice the other half of the berries and add to the bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and toss well to blend the flavors. Garnish with the cilantro and serve.

Note:
Once strawberries are cut open, their flavors break down rapidly, so they are Best if eaten the same day..


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