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Growing up in California, I was blessed by sunshine and the growing season. Every summer my mom drove me up the coast to visit friends in central California. The best part of those trips were the never ending side-of-the-road fruit stands and their hand made “fresh picked strawberries” signs. They stopped us in our tracks every time. We always bought a 5 pound box of strawberries and wondered how we'd eat them all and every year we did, no problem! Those berry stands started my love of strawberry recipes and years later, spurred my Weight Watchers strawberry vinaigrette salad recipe.
As a child, my favorite strawberry recipe was shortcake
What kid doesn't love shortcake after all. My mom would buy those ready made short cakes at the market. We would cut up our fresh strawberries and add them to the cake, with tons of whipping cream of course, and that would be the best dessert I ever tasted. It wasn't until many years later, as an adult, that I discovered the WW (Weight Watchers) program and in turn, some super healthy strawberry recipes.
I developed the strawberry vinaigrette salad recipe almost on accident
Fast forward many years later and my daughter is playing a lot of soccer. One year I was asked, kind of last minute, to bring a salad to the end-of-season potluck for the team. I'm sure I was supposed to bring lettuce with tomato and cucumber, but that's not what I had in my fridge. So, I improvised and put together my strawberry vinaigrette salad. I hoped it was okay. By the end of the night, everyone was raving and asking me for the recipe. It was a hit and what everyone loved most was the fresh strawberries and blueberries inside.
I knew I was on to something!
Should the strawberry vinaigrette salad berries be fresh or frozen?
I am sure you can make the salad either way. However, for me, I like everything fresh. If you use frozen, you have to defrost the berries and when that happens, they are juicy and take on a different consistency. This juice is delicious, of course, but brings a different flavor to the salad and I just prefer fresh. You should try it both ways and discover which way you prefer.
How can I make the strawberry vinaigrette salad a main course?
In a word, yes!
I do it all the time. I really like to grill up some chicken breast and throw it over the top of the salad while it's still warm. It adds another dimension to the salad and makes it a complete meal. And if you are on Weight Watchers (or WW), you know that the addition of the chicken breast is zero points, so that's amazing
What is another great way to use fresh strawberries?
My mother was a huge fan of strawberry shortcake. Now, don't get me wrong. I LOVE strawberry shortcake. In fact, I have my Weight Watchers Strawberry Shortcake recipe here. However, as I became older, and was looking for healthy ways to eat, that is when I discovered how fun and delicious a strawberry can be inside a salad. To be honest, my strawberry vinaigrette salad is truly one of my absolute favorite recipes.
A few other amazing ideas for using fresh strawberries are strawberry pie, strawberry ice cream, a strawberry tarte, a carefully sliced strawberry as a garnish on your drink glass, chocolate dipped strawberries (yum) and fresh cut strawberries over your morning oatmeal or yogurt is a delicious treat as well.
Where can I get fresh, delicious California Strawberries?
I thought you would never ask. I can tell you one thing, you have never tasted a strawberry until you have eaten a fresh, California strawberry. Of course, wherever you are, I'm sure your local market has very delicious strawberries. But, if you ever have a chance to visit the California Strawberry Festival held in Oxnard, CA every year, I highly recommend it. It is quite a treat and you can try just about every possible strawberry recipe there!
Weight Watchers Strawberry Salad with Berry Vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp olive oil I prefer extra virgin
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 4 cups baby spinach, butter lettuce or any spring mix your choose
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp toasted, sliced almonds I also like pistachios in this salad!
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- Combine vinegar, honey, olive oil, pepper, salt and garlic in mixing bowl and whisk.
- Combine greens, berries, feta and almonds in a large bowl and pour berry vinaigrette over the top. Toss it all together and enjoy
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