One of my favorite aspects of spring is when it’s easy to start picking up local produce making it that much easier to eat locally! In warmer climates it’s easier to eat completely locally year round. For those of us who live in cooler climates it is a bit more difficult, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. The season varies depending on where you live, but right now you can start finding greens, broccoli, cabbage, peas, various herbs and in some places you can start finding two of my favorite earlier in the season gems, asparagus and strawberries!
Today I’m going to share with you a quick, easy Strawberry Asparagus Salad that I came up with last year. We participated in a local CSA last summer and toward the end of the strawberry season I was a bit burned out on eating strawberries by themselves. There is just nothing like a fresh, ripe from the plant strawberry, but after a while it can be too much of a good thing. I froze some of the strawberries for use during the fall and winter and then I began to play around with them in the kitchen as well.
This salad is not only very good for you, it also has a bit of a wow factor, with very little work. Fresh, local and fancy, yet easy…What’s not to like about that?
What You’ll Need:
Extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch of asparagus, chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
3-4 springs of thyme, leaves stripped from stems
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pint of strawberries, chopped
SautÃ© asparagus and garlic in a little extra virgin olive oil with thyme leaves, sea salt and some freshly ground pepper until asparagus is slightly tender and slightly browned. Remove from heat.
While the asparagus is cooking cut strawberries and place in a glass bowl. Set aside.
Once asparagus is tender add asparagus/garlic mixture to the strawberries and toss to coat. Serve warm, or even chilled. It’s good either way!
How simple is that?
Notes: If you want to spice things up you could add in some red pepper flakes. You could also switch up the herbs and use rosemary instead.
What’s your favorite thing to do with local fruits and vegetables?