When strawberry season arrives, I immediately start dreaming of strawberry shortcakes topped with dollops of sweetened whipped cream. But I also adore the luscious ripe berries in side dishes like this healthier, yet irresistible, Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad. This post is sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Gorgeous, ripe strawberries are typically featured in my fruit salads, but I wanted to share a salad that was more substantial, even suitable for a light lunch. This meant a protein source was in order. And what better than Brie? The tiny cubes add a creamy contrast to the berries and celery without blowing the diet. Just like whipped cream is the perfect pairing with strawberries in the classic shortcake, this luscious brie is an ideal match for these berries bathed in vinaigrette.
The Benefits of Strawberries
Though lots of fruits are off limits on low-carb diets, strawberries are A-OK. Plus they are chock full of vitamin C—you only need 8 medium berries to fulfill your daily requirement. Besides that, ripe, in-season strawberries are incredibly delicious! You’ve heard of superfoods, haven’t you? Well, strawberries are on that list! They are packed with nutrients, like the aforementioned Vitamin C, and are full of antioxidants, folic acid and potassium. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help fight obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. So why not put strawberries on your shopping list. Your whole family will be thrilled to see strawberries on the menu. Berries are currently being harvested in Florida, so check your market for Florida strawberries and throw them in smoothies, make salsas for your chicken or seafood or add them to your salads! Don’t miss all the terrific strawberry recipes below!
Do yourself a favor and look for Florida Strawberries when you’re out shopping. My Sunday Supper friends have gathered to share recipes for a Healthy and Nutritious Valentine’s Day. It will be a delicious holiday if you add some Florida berries to your menu!
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Check out the Fresh Florida Strawberry Pinterest Board for more delicious inspiration!
More Healthy Strawberry Recipes
- Sparkling Strawberry Sangria from Family Foodie
- Strawberry-Basil Spritzer from Eat Picks
- Strawberry and Cream Smoothie from Flour On My Face
- Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Love and Confections
- Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake from Ruffles & Truffles
- Skillet Baked Strawberry Oatmeal from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Strawberry Banana Hazelnut Crepes from The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Coffee Cake with Greek Yogurt from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Sweetheart Strawberry Scones from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Herbed Strawberry Salad from Magnolia Days
- Strawberry Waldorf Salad from Food Done Light
- Balsamic Strawberry Walnut Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil from Soni’s Food
- Mahi Mahi with Strawberry Sauce from Cooking Chat
- Strawberry Mole Chicken from Curious Cuisiniere
- Dark Chocolate Strawberry Parfaits from Daily Dish Recipes
- Flourless Almond Cake with Strawberries and Coconut Cream from Casa de Crews
- Strawberry Cannoli from Palatable Pastime
- Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Plus: Nutritious Fresh Strawberry Recipes plus Strawberry Almond Milk from Sunday Supper Movement
- 2-3 ounces brie, rind removed and cut into cubes
- 16 ounces, Florida strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons minced celery
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Butter or bib lettuce
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
- Combine strawberries and celery in a bowl. Set aside.
- Make vinaigrette by whisking together vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Continue whisking while slowly drizzling in olive oil.
- Arrange lettuce on individual serving plates or platter. Toss berry mixture with vinaigrette (start with 3 tablespoons). Sprinkle with brie cubes and basil.
Olive oil will congeal if left in the fridge for long periods, so make salad within a few hours of serving. Bring leftover salad dressing to room temperature before using.
Brie can be difficult to cut. You may want to spray your knife with a non-stick cooking spray or just pull off tiny pieces to add to your salad.
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