Today at the farmer’s market it was all about fresh strawberries. At the kids workshop we made strawberries with fresh herbs and raspberry balsamic vinegar.
I asked the kids whether or not they had ever tried strawberries with vinegar. Nope, they replied, they had not. But were they willing to try these. A resounding YES!
So, we carefully removed the green stems, sliced the berries and added them to a big bowl. Then we added some fresh mint and lemon balm from my garden. To this we added just a splash of the raspberry vinegar.
All the kids had a turn stirring and then it was time to try our little strawberry salad. Would it be yum or yuck I asked them. We’d have to wait and see.
I swear these pictures are real!
Many, many of the kids licked their plates clean and asked for seconds!
I have to believe that this is an indication that our little strawberry salad was really, really tasty!
baby spinach with strawberries, balsamic vinegar and goat cheese
- baby spinach washed and gently ripped into bite size pieces
- fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- vegan goat cheese (this is my favourite! – VegNature Which comes in lots of flavours including plain, tomato and basil, nuts and cranberries, garlic and leek and three pepper. Trust me, you have to try it!)
- balsamic vinegar
- olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- herbs, minced (I used lemon balm with my salad, but mint is nice too!)
In a small bowl, prepare the strawberries by adding them to the bowl and pouring a little balsamic vinegar on top. Gently mix to ensure all the strawberries are coated with the vinegar.
Let sit for about 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the salad.
In a medium sized bowl add the baby spinach.
Once the strawberries have macerated a bit in the vinegar, pour a bit of olive oil on them, add the minced herbs and toss.
Now add the strawberry mixture to the spinach.
Add the goat cheese and gently fold everything together, being careful not to smush up the goat cheese.
Grind some fresh black pepper on top and serve.
If you’re serving this to guests, be careful not to lick the plates, that might be considered rude!