August 9th 2009

Savory strawberry recipes

Sure, we love them in fruit salads, dipped in chocolate, and smothered in our favourite ice creams and shortcakes, but using strawberries in savory dishes isn’t out of the ordinary in the least.These salads feature strawberries as the centre of attention, complemented with salty, spicy, and savory flavours of the other ingredients. All recipes are vegan and gluten-free.
Simple Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

for the dressing:
8 ounces firm silken tofu, pureed
5 tablespoons agave nectar
1/3 cup non-dairy milk
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
salt to taste

for the salad:
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 head red leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn
1 red onion, thinly sliced

In a bowl, mix together all dressing ingredients until smooth, adding more milk if necessary. Divide the lettuce into four to six salad bowls, and top each with strawberries and onions. Pour dressing over before serving.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

12 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced

for the dressing:
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 pinch cayenne pepper
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Evenly distribute spinach, dill, strawberries and onions on four plates. In a shaker, mix together all dressing ingredients, and drizzle before serving.

Sweet and Sour Strawberries

1 1/2 pounds fresh strawberries, rinsed and, sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon high quality balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

If strawberries are at the peak of the season, you might find the sugar unnecessary. If you are using it, toss with strawberries in a large bowl and let sit about 10 minutes.

Whisk together balsamic vinegar and pepper in a small bowl. Toss with berries to coat, then divide evenly among four bowls.

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