When it comes to fruits and veggies, some rank higher than others when it comes to nutrient content. Find out what defines a true “superfruit” and why strawberries are highly recommended by health professionals as part of a healthy diet.
Because of their health benefits, flavor and overall appeal, strawberries
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sweetness to enhance more traditional salad dressings.
Chef Luca Rutigliano
Executive Chef of CordeValle, A Rosewood Resort, in San Martin
Chef Rutigliano's passion for the finest ingredients was inspired by early trips with his mother and grandmother to the local farmers' markets in the countryside of Italy, where he grew up surrounded by a bounty of fresh produce and stunning scenery. For more information about the Chef or CordeValle, visit http://www.cordevalle.com.
We had the pleasure of working with Chef Luca as he prepared strawberry recipes in a local strawberry field for a show called Bringing it Home. One of the dishes he prepared was a fresh hearts of romaine salad with strawberries. We invite you to try this simple and elegant salad!
Romaine Hearts and Local Strawberries, Roasted Pistachios and
Marinated Feta Cheese & Black Pepper
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
2 pounds fresh local strawberries
1 teaspoon red vinegar
3 oz fresh Greek feta
2 oz pistachios
4 heads fresh hearts of romaine
1 oz crushed black pepper
1 bundle chives
Clean and slice 1 lb of the fresh strawberries. Put them in a food processor and blend by adding olive oil, salt, pepper and mustard; add vinegar to taste. Let the vinaigrette rest.
Wash the lettuce leaves and dry well. Slice the rest of the berries and season with black pepper, olive oil, and a little salt.
Dress the lettuce leaves with vinaigrette and place on to a nice platter. Add sliced berries and fresh marinated feta cheese.
Garnish with chopped chives and pistachios.