Summer Strawberries!

by Michelle on July 14, 2009

Isn’t summer fun! I love opening my refrigerator and seeing containers of fresh berries and it’s so tempting to just grab a handful and snack! Berries are very versatile and everything tastes extra special when topped with fresh berries.

Even a simple salad comes alive with color and taste with the addition of berries, especially strawberries. I started making Fresh Strawberry Salad a few years ago and I have to admit that my first batch of Strawberry Dressing never saw a salad, I ate every delicious spoonful right out of the food processor!

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Strawberry Basil Poppy Seed Dressing
Recipe developed by Big Black Dog

2-3 handfuls of whole fresh strawberries
2/3 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 TBL lemon juice
1 tsp honey (add more if you’d like it sweeter)
6-8 fresh Basil leaves
1 TBL poppy seeds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put everything sans salt in a food processor and blend until creamy. Taste if and if it needs a little salt add a shake. Keep refrigerated.

I usually serve this over a spinach and romaine lettuce salad topped with toasted sliced almonds and sliced fresh strawberries.

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I served the Strawberry Salad with my new favorite summer wine, Sineann’s Pinot Gris! I just love this wine and it’s fairly inexpensive at $8.99 a bottle! And it has a very sleek glass cork which makes the wine so easy to open. And if you don’t finish the bottle, the glass cork just pops back into the bottle with an airtight seal.

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  • lasinthekitchen July 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I love salads and your salad looks just perfect for the summer! I’m going to have to try it for my work lunch! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kat July 14, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I had me some blackberries right off the bush today! Nothing like fresh. Never thought of putting strawberries in salad.

  • Lori E July 14, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    The best thing about this recipe is that my husband doesn’t like fruit in his salads so I get to eat it all. His loss.
    There you go with those glass corks again. I still have never seen one here.

  • Kate July 15, 2009 at 2:10 am

    I would say that I will bring the wind, but it looks as though you already have some! This picture looks good enough to eat! Great photography.

    I love spinach salads and with strawberries and strawberry poppy seed dressing! What could be better?

  • Juliana July 15, 2009 at 3:03 am

    I love strawberries in salad, not only look great taste even better…

  • Danielle July 15, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Looks great! Very similar to the salad I made for dinner on sunday night.

    And what a cool bottle of wine. Love the glass cork!!!

  • Manuela July 15, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Really, it’s the perfect summer salad!
    Beautiful! Mouth watering!

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies July 16, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Such a gorgeous salad for summer. Congrats on your new address and banner, nice!

  • Pam July 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Darn I wish the strawberries weren’t over with here!

  • Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com July 17, 2009 at 12:09 am

    This salad looks perfect for the summer – the strawberries are beautiful!

  • Lisa July 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Strawberries in a salad look so happy. They always make me smile!

  • Jenny Flake June 7, 2010 at 9:12 am

    What a perfect summer dish!! Love it!

  • Jen @ How To: Simplify June 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Strawberries are my favorite fruit! What a great dish!

  • Cookin' Canuck June 7, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    What a refreshing and pretty salad! I love the poppy seed dressing.

  • Maggy @ Three Many Cooks June 8, 2010 at 8:02 am

    This is such a beautiful salad! Love the strawberries and poppy seeds. I’ll be sure to make this next time I stop by our local farm.

  • ivoryhut June 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Ha! I’ve been known to eat dressing by the spoonful, too. What a wonderful way to dress a summer salad!

  • Fuji Mama June 21, 2010 at 12:46 am

    GORGEOUS! This is making me wish I had planted strawberries this summer!

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