Last year was my first experience at growing strawberries. I put them in a container meaning to plant them into the ground later, but it never got done. It was actually a blessing in disguise because it introduced my little girl (5 years old) to gardening!
We set the container on a table outside that was the perfect height for her to “check on them” everyday. She claimed them as her own, which was so cute because I could her hear talking to her little plants when I was working outside. Later on when they started to bear fruit, she would look everyday to see if there was a strawberry ready for picking. I let her decide when they were perfect, hence she learned to wait until they were a brilliant red. It’s no fun eating a semi-red strawberry!
Here is a recipe for a wonderful salad that uses fresh stawberries. It is the perfect salad for strawberry season! Besides the berries, it is filled with walnuts, red onion, crumbled feta cheese and a homemade onion poppyseed dressing. Enjoy!
Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
Into a large mixing bowl place:
Romaine lettuce, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1 – 4 oz. container crumbled garlic and herb feta cheese
This can be tossed ahead of time. Then right before serving, toss with:
2 cups fresh sliced strawberries, washed and hulled
Then add the following dressing…..
Onion Poppyseed Dressing
Into a blender, put:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 t onion powder
1/2 t salt
1/8 t black pepper
1 t dry mustard
Blend on high speed for 5 minutes. Then add:
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 T poppyseeds
Blend on high for about 2 minutes. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to toss with the salad. For some added color and flavor, try adding some cubed cantalope along with the strawberries!