Strawberries are in season!! This means it is one of the few times that buying them will not cost you an arm and a leg. Go forth and make delicious strawberry dishes, including this spinach salad! This is a fantastic lunch to whip up when you have a last-minute lunch guest! Goat cheese and fruit are the keys to an impressive salad (unless you are my husband, it needs a meat, so I obliged and added some grilled chicken). This salad is so simple but so good! I would not be surprised if you are called fancy pants after serving this. Own it and strut around, and feel no guilt when eating a cookie after- because you just ate a bowl full of spinach.
4 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup candied pecans
4 ounces of goat cheese
(Optional for the meat lover in your life- 1 large grilled chicken breast)
2-3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine balsamic vinegar, honey and Dijon then gradually whisk in the olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Combine spinach, strawberries and pecans and toss with dressing. Finally top with crumbled goats cheese, split into two bowls and enjoy!
If you are feeling pressed for time this Fourth of July, maybe you are busy grilling outside, or just don’t want to turn on your oven because it is so darn HOT, this is the perfect easy dessert for you to whip up for the Independence day festivities.
All you need:
1. Loaf of angel food cake (if you are feeling decadent you can use pound cake too)
2. Package of Strawberries(can be replaced with raspberries if you have some on hand)
3. Pint of blueberries
4. Whipped cream (or cool whip, or reddi-whip whatever floats your boat)
Thinly slice the angel food cake, and layer with sliced strawberries, whipped cream I like to add vanilla and honey to my whipped cream), another slice of angel food cake, more whipped cream and finish off with blueberries!! How simple is that!? This will come together in ten minutes! Perfect for last minute guests or if you don’t feel like making something from scratch!
Here are some other Fourth of July desserts I think look fabulous!
1. Flag Cake from Taste of Home (every click on this link donates 10 cents to the USO!)
Image from Taste of Home
2. How cute are these?! Mini Cupcake Kebabs from Celebrations
3. Annie’s Eats Star Spangled Apple Pie
What dessert will you be making this 4th of July!?
Let me tell you a little story.
A little story about some teeny strawberries left over in a big fridge and a teeny carton of whipping cream chilling in the big fridge door.
They longed to be together.
Being the good person that I am, I decided to unite them.
I placed about 1/4 cup of whipping cream that I had leftover in the refrigerator, into a bowl. I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and a dash of cinnamon, then used a hand mixer to beat the cream into stiff peaks.
I cleaned and removed the stems of some sweet strawberries I bought at the Hanford Farmers Market then topped them off with yummy whipped cream.
It’s so easy! I put the mixing bowl into the freezer for 5 minutes prior to mixing the cream, so the whole process took me less than 10 minutes!
It was a simple, easy, delicious, light desert which curbed my sweet craving at the time. It is the perfect desert for 1. I think I will do it again tonight!