Summer is all about the great weather, time with friends and family and fresh, tasty food. In fact, almost all of our social activities, whether at home or on vacation, center around good food and summer is a great time to experiment with new tastes and sensations.
Working with in-season fruit, like fresh strawberries, gives you the opportunity to make some really delicious, refreshing fruits salads that are ideal for any occasion.
Here’s a delicious recipe for a strawberry, caramelized onion and goat cheese salad that can be made quickly and effortlessly for a picnic, buffet luncheon, birthday party or other summer event. The flavours blend perfectly for a sophisticated, upscale side salad that seems more complicated than it really is.
Ingredients Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad :
– 1/2 large onion, sliced.
– 2 TBS of vegetable or sunflower oil.
– A pinch of salt.
– 8 or 10 large strawberries, quartered.
– A bag of prepared bistro, rocket or other mixed leaf salad.
– Around 1/2 cup of goat cheese, crumbled.
Method Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad:
Pour the oil into a frying pan and heat up the pan. After slicing up your onions, squeeze them in your hands lightly to release some of the flavors before tossing them into the hot pan. Let the onions fry until they are lightly browned, tossing to cook evenly. Add a pinch of salt to the pan and allow them to cook for another 5 minutes. Let the onions cool before adding them to the salad.
Meanwhile, place a handful of salad on each plate. Add a couple of quartered strawberries sprinkled over the salad leaves. Next, sprinkle the caramelized onions and then the crumbled goat cheese over the top of the strawberries and salad leaves.
Once you have assembled the salad, right before serving, you can drizzle each serving with balsamic dressing to finish.
This salad is delicious as a light meal on its own, or can be served as a side at a barbecue to accompany grilled chicken, potato salad and fruit salad.
If you can, pick your own strawberries. This gives you the opportunity to hand select each berry to ensure that it’s fresh, ripe and attractive for your salad. You can also sometimes save a lot of money on picking your own berries instead of buying them at the grocery store. It’s also a fun way to get the whole family involved in the food preparation and a great opportunity to teach children about where food comes from.
Alternatively, play around with the fruits and cheeses that you use in your salad. Almost any fresh, in-season fruit will work well in a salad. Other berries, such as raspberries or blueberries, also pair well with the balsamic vinegar dressing. You could also try a different dressing, such as raspberry vinaigrette or pure lemon juice.
Other cheeses that you may want to try on your salad: Greek feta, French emmental or even blue cheese. Blue cheese has a very strong taste, so use it sparingly. A little bit goes a long way.