Due to the wacky spring weather, our local strawberry season was barely a week long…so I made this salad when these tiny beauties were at their peak. We were having company for dinner, so instead of slicing a fresh mozzarella ball, I purchased the smaller bocconcini….and made a composed salad versus plating individually. I served this beautiful salad of berries, grape tomatoes, and mozzarella on a bed of baby spinach…and whipped up a simple vinaigrette with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. A dusting of fleur de sel, crushed pink peppercorns and shredded basil finished it off.
Both lovely and refreshing on a hot evening, we all enjoyed this salad…at least those who actually eat salad (this group is void of any of my children!). Next time I will make a more flavorful dressing…adding some mustard and a pinch of sugar…but there will be a next time.
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. To see how other Doristas plated up their salads this week, check the French Fridays with Dorie blog.