Yesterday I had an unexpected find at the farmer’s market: local strawberries. Yes, that’s right, local strawberries at the end of July! I was so surprised to find these, and asked about them. Apparently they are their “all season” variety.
I love strawberries, and the local ones are the best kind in my opinion. They are juicier and have so much more flavour than the imported berries. I always look forward to berry season, and feel sad when it’s over. So it was such a wonderful surprise to have a second go at strawberry season. I didn’t hesitate and bought the biggest basket they had.
Having the berries influenced my lunch plans. I made a wonderful strawberry and goat cheese salad, using the spring mix that I bought from the same local producer. I love that particular spring mix as it has some lettuces and herbs that I don’t find in the mixes available at the grocery store. And of course, it’s much fresher.
It was a simple, but delicious and satisfying salad. I usually include some protein in my salads, often in the form of cheese and seeds. And I love adding fruit for sweetness, so this salad was right up my alley.
Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad
- Washed spring mix greens
- Sliced cucumbers
- Sliced strawberries
- Goat cheese
- Pine nuts