Saturday, June 21, 2014

Simple Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe



We've been picking strawberries lately. A lot of strawberries. Organic of course. Perfectly sweet, juicy, and ripe. So naturally, we've been eating a lot of strawberries, the way fresh strawberries ought to be eaten….not shipped halfway across the country in little plastic cartons grown in massive mono-cropped fields. These berries were grown in nutrient-rich soil from a small organic farm not too far from our house. Our children count the days till strawberry picking time each year. It's one of their favorite activities. Undoubtedly, they are picking more per minute now than I do. Yes! We have a dream team of 5 little berry pickers (okay maybe just 4 as our toddler really likes to just graze instead of fill her bucket). I tell them if they want to eat frozen fruit and make smoothies, then they need to help in the harvesting. It's fun! They love it.

At home, seeing all of these boxes filled with fresh berries, my mind begins to spin into recipe creation mode. Raw strawberry pie, strawberry-cream popsicles, strawberry salsa, strawberry salmon, strawberry vinaigrette! Since our garden is brimming with fresh organic lettuce, arugula, and mustard greens right now I decided that the strawberry vinaigrette recipe would be a good place to start. We'll see how many more recipe ideas I can get to while the berry season lasts! I think you're really going to enjoy this simple, healthy salad dressing recipe! 

In other news….Tom will be speaking in the 2nd Annual Eating Psychology Online Conference this July. Topics include: A Deeper Dive into Body Image, Neuroscience and Personal Change, A Holistic Approach to Eating Disorders, Mindfulness based approaches to overeating, Hormones, Eating and Inner Health, The Gut-Psychology Connection, and so much more! Sign up for FREE here. This is an event you won't want to miss…..so many amazing speakers!

Also, have you listened to Tom's interview on The Health Bridge Show yet? He talks about protecting your microbiome! Fascinating information on childbirth, breastfeeding, digestive issues, and more! You can download it for free on iTunes and listen to it (released 6/12/14). It's also available on YouTube!


Simple Strawberry Vinaigrette

I've tried this recipe a few times with different herbal variations. So far adding fresh basil has been my favorite. Try lemon thyme, fresh basil, tarragon, or rosemary! Using white wine vinegar is just a tad milder than using raw coconut vinegar but either will work great. You could also use red wine vinegar. And always, always remember to buy organic strawberries! Non-organic strawberries simply aren't worth the risk for pesticide exposure in my book. 

1 cup chopped fresh organic strawberries
4 tablespoons raw coconut vinegar or white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons raw honey
2 to 4 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs (use more if using basil)
1 small garlic clove, peeled (optional)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Place the strawberries, vinegar, water, honey, herbs, garlic clove, and salt into a blender and blend on medium speed until somewhat smooth (I like to leave it a little chunky). With the motor running on low speed, slowly add the olive oil. If you blend it too much it will completely emulsify and get really thick the next day. Just blend it enough to combine the oil with the rest of the mixture. Pour into a jar to serve. Cover and refrigerator for up to 10 days. Drizzle onto your favorite fresh salad. Pictured here is a salad of organic lettuces, edible flowers, and roasted almonds, (some organic feta cheese would be delicious here too if you can eat dairy). Source: www.NourishingMeals.com



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