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Strawberries are a sweet taste of spring that can be enjoyed deliciously on their own or as part of the main entrée breakfast, lunch, or dinner! As part of a balanced diet, these red berries are a tasty way to get necessary nutrients like vitamin C for a healthy immune system, fiber for help with weight management and reduced risk for many chronic diseases, and folate for heart health!
Strawberry Blue Cheese Salad
Submitted by: CHRISPENTINA Servings: 6
Ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped pecans 3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups mixed salad greens 2 cups diced fresh strawberries 8 ounces crumbled blue cheese 1/2 cup diced red onion
Directions: Place the pecans in a skillet over medium heat. Tossing frequently, toast until lightly browned. In a bowl, whisk together the raspberry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. In a large bowl, mix the toasted pecans, greens, strawberries, blue cheese, and red onion. Toss with the vinegar and olive oil dressing mixture to serve.
Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit
Submitted by: Karena Servings: 6
Ingredients: 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1/2 cup pecans 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup white sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1/2 onion, minced 1 teaspoon ground mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper 2 heads Bibb lettuce – rinsed, dried and torn 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
Directions: 1. Preheat the grill for high heat. 2. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. Remove from heat, cool, and slice. 3. Meanwhile, place pecans in a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pecans until fragrant, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside. 4. In a blender, combine the red wine vinegar, sugar, vegetable oil, onion, mustard, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth. 5. Arrange lettuce on serving plates. Top with grilled chicken slices, strawberries, and pecans. Drizzle with the dressing to serve.
Kim’s tip: Limit added sugar but keep the sweetness by reducing the amount of sugar used and increasing the strawberries.