Sunday, May 17, 2009

Strawberry, watercress and cashew salad

I’ve been seeing a lot of great looking strawberries at the market lately. What’s even better than fresh strawberries from the market? Fresh strawberries from the backyard.

strawberriesI wanted to do something with the strawberries besides eat them plain. I recently received some delicious sweet and salty cashews from Oh! Nuts, and I knew they’d be great in a salad with my berries.

I decided to go with watercress as the base for the salad. I really like watercress, but I don’t use it often enough. I tossed the watercress in a very simple dressing of minced shallot, lemon, honey and olive oil. I added lots of strawberries, the cashews and some shaved ricotta salata.

This is a great summer salad, and very easy to put together. Strawberry season has just started, and I’ll be getting berries from the yard for a few more months. I need to come up with some other ways to use them, any ideas?

strawberry salad, watercress, cashews Strawberry, watercress and cashew salad
Serves 3-4

2 bunches of watercress, trimmed
1 cup of strawberries, halved or quartered
1/4 cup ricotta salata, shaved
1 small shallot, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 heaping teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together the shallot, lemon juice, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add to the watercress and toss to coat. Top with strawberries, cashews and ricotta salata.

65 comments:

Bharti said...

This sounds delicious. And you grow strawberries in the backyard? Good for you!

noble pig said...

From the yard? Lucky you. The salad looks amazing!

5 Star Foodie said...

How nice to get the strawberries from your backyard - and they are gorgeous! The salad sounds lovely!

Selba said...

The first picture of the strawberry in the backyard looks so beautiful!

I would love to plant strawberries, too bad the weather in Jakarta is too hot and humid.

Barbara Bakes said...

I love strawberries in a salad. That's a perfect way to use them!

Sophie said...

MMMM...Sara! this is one lovely salad with strawberries! I think you read my mind because I wanted to eat a salad today with strawberries in it! So, thanks!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a delightful salad! You are lucky to grow strawberries ;-P...

Cheers,

Rosa

Happy cook said...

Wow really beautiful and delicious salade.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh to have strawberries in the yard!! This salad loooks fantastic, love the combo you chose.. and the dressing sounds perfect also.

Maya said...

My kinds salad!

Sarah said...

Absolutley delicious looking! Watercress is one of my favorites, unfortunately it has a very short shelf life so very few of our grocers carry it!

Tracey said...

Those are from your yard?? You're so lucky! The salad looks colorful and delicious!

Christina Kim said...

Beautiful salad, too beautiful to eat! I love watercress; what a delightful combo with the sweet strawberries.

stephchows said...

I'm so jealous that you have strawberries in your back yard!! I bet they were delicious :)

teresa said...

Just lovely, this looks so good!

Soma said...

so many strawberries in your yard! & what a colorful, flavorful way to use them.

Cathy said...

Oh my, what a beautiful summer salad. Our local berries are a couple weeks away. Can't wait.

Manggy said...

Strawberry sour cream ice cream! :)

Netts Nook said...

Perfect salad Sara can't wait to try thanks for passing it along.

Cathy said...

What a great looking salad! I was looking at the strawberry plants at the nursery...I may just have to give it a try.

Culinary Wannabe said...

My MIL always, always puts strawberries and red onion in her salads (even in the dead of winter), and I love the way it brightens things up. And it looks so pretty!

Amanda said...

What is watercress like? Is it peppery? I don't see it here often, and when I do it's expensive.

The salad looks fantastic--of course! All your food does!

How about a future strawberry semifreddo?

pigpigscorner said...

You are so lucky! I can't find such nice looking strawberries here.

Olga said...

LOVE the first photo. And the salad looks great too! I've only had that cheese once, but really liked it.

Lynda said...

This sounds like a great match! Aren't homegrown strawberries the best!

Diana said...

I just read in Bon Appetit that watercress and strawberries are two of the healthiest foods. The list also included bacon, but that's okay. :)

Salad looks great!

Debbie said...

Strawberries fresh from your yard sound perfect!! How delicious...please send some here!

Irene said...

I really like this! My strawberries usually do not make it past the bowl in which they are washed :) I've been trying to save a few for baking, but I would love to use them in a creative salad like this as well!

Maris said...

These look so much better than any strawberries I've seen this season! Hopefully in a few weeks I'll start seeing more at the Farmer's Market here in the Northeast.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I need to eat more watercress. I rarely ever eat it and when I do, I wonder why I don't.

Strawberry season is one of hte best times of year! I must try this salad.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

We eat ours as soon as we pick them so sorry no help here.

The Duo Dishes said...

Watercress! Yum! This is so light and fresh.

Angie's Recipes said...

Fresh and free strawberries...lucky you, sara. Colorful summer salad....you have always those healthy dishes at home, did your husband even complain that he has nothing else to eat?

katiez said...

What an interesting combination! Last summer I had my own, and it was wonderful... Now I have to buy them and have a hard time eating them all (I buy too many) Great salad idea... I dearly love cashews, too.

Cheryl said...

That looks delish! I love the strawberries.

girlichef said...

simply delicious! That is one gorgeous bowl of strawberries.

Jenna said...

Those strawberries look gorgeous!!! I've been trying to stay away from ohnuts.com, I know I would go crazy buying everything!! :)

Juliana said...

Such a great combination of ingredients, love the addition of the cashews...the colors are so elegant. By the way, thank you so much for visiting my site.

Elyse said...

Oh, Sara, this salad sounds so delicious and refreshing!! I can't wait to try this one out. What a great way to showcase the fabulous flavor of the strawberry. YUM!

lisaiscooking said...

Sounds fantastic! I love strawberries in a salad. I wish I had some in my backyard, but I've never tried growing them.

Bridgett said...

Simple and beautiful! I have little wild strawberries growing in my yard but they are not as gorgeous and plump as yours. How fun to have your own. This salad looks wonderful!

Reeni♥ said...

What a lovely basket of berries! How nice to have them right in your yard. That makes them extra sweet! Your salad looks elegant and delicious!!

Elra said...

Your salad look so pretty with the addition of that strawberry. Yummy!

Kerstin said...

What a gorgeous salad, and you're right, so perfect for summer! I love your strawberry and cashew combo!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Those strawberries look better than any you could by anywhere! So gorgeous! I really need a backyard! :-)

Amazing looking salad!

Monica H said...

Ideas? Yes, send me some!

Sara said...

Amanda - Watercress is peppery, but delicious. It's also good mixed with other greens. The stems can be tough, so it needs to be trimmed well.

Angie - My husband doesn't complain about my cooking. Not much anyways!

nath said...

Healthy salad... looks great :)
I love strawberries, and I aggre with selba Jakarta is too hot for plant strawberries, but In Bandung,west java more cool and many strawberries plant in there.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great idea to include the cashews with the strawberries. We've started to get California strawberries in our market. How exciting to grow your own.
Sam

Fearless Kitchen said...

This is a great idea! I love strawberries in salads.

Robin Sue said...

I have never had ricotta salata so I will have to hunt that one down. I am guessing that it is a firm ricotta? This salad is a classic!

Sara said...

Sara, that looks absolutely delicious! I'm anxiously awaiting strawberry season here...we have a few weeks to go yet.

Melissa said...

The other day we had a tone of strawberries and I wanted to make a salad. This looks like a good one!

Claudia said...

Definitely making this. Tonight I think!

mamakd said...

Another home run Sara! Simple, sweet, salty. All my fave s'! I can't wait until my strawberries are ready for picking. HURRY!!!! I need to make a salad.

Chef Fresco said...

You know, I've never tried a salad with watercress - and I like your addition of honey into the dressing! I bet it was delish!

Chef E said...

In my house the cashews might not make it passed opening them...and your strawberries are at a stones throw, how nice!

dessertobsessed said...

what a great summer salad! and you grow your own strawberries?! im jealous!

Pearl said...

yum! looks like a perfect summer salad :)

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Your pictures are gorgeous.
You might want to try a mixed greens salad with strawberries, avocado, cukes, and kiwis with a poppy seed dressing.
Mine was really good:
http://www.kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com/search?q=poppy+seed+dressing

How about strawberry pie?

Melissa said...

This salad is perfection. I made a very similar one (didn't make my own dressing!) with some beautiful strawberries last week for my best friend's bridal shower. Everyone went crazy for it.

As for uses for the berries, you can make the warm strawberry crumb cake I blogged about last month. It's from Food & Wine and it's AWESOME.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful strawberries! I can't wait until it's strawberry season here. Unfortunately, I still have a couple of months to wait. Boo.

Jan said...

That salad looks so pretty. We tried growing some strawberries last year, but had only limited success.

Ingrid said...

Cool, I actually bought some watercress on Monday evening to make a salad that they were sampling but I think I'm going to try yours instead. thanks for sharing!

I live in Florida you'd think I would be growing something other than grass.
~ingrid

Debinhawaii said...

What a beautiful salad and such a great combination of ingredients!