As you may have seen from our Instagram posts and stories, we went strawberry picking at Washington Farms last Friday. We had the best time trying to make sure we picked the reddest, shiniest berries and ended up picking a few buckets full. You know us, now that we have our berries, we have to dig in deeper and tell you why these springtime favorites are not only delicious, they are actually really good for you as well.
These ruby-red berries are rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, anti-aging flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. Beta-carotene, which is a precursor to Vitamin A, is responsible for the berry’s beautiful color and Vitamin C is present in the form of ascorbic acid. One cupful of strawberries has over 89% of our daily need of Vitamin A and 149% of Vitamin C. And both of these vitamins bring a ton of anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting benefits.
The anti-aging flavonoids, called anthocyanin and catechin have been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer. So, in addition to strawberries being delicious, there is a really good reason we should be eating them.
We were tired from the day of picking so we whipped up an easy salad using our newest treasures. We added some quinoa for protein but feel free to add some more if you like. If you have time, use some of the dressing to marinate some shrimp or chicken - cook and top over the salad for an even heartier version. We hope you like this salad as much as we do!
makes 2 large entree salads or 3-4 side salads
5 oz. arugula (already washed)
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1 cup chopped strawberries
½ cup cooked quinoa
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
zest of one lime
2 T lime juice (or the juice of 1.5 limes)
1.) In a mason jar with a lid, place all of the ingredients for the dressing. Place the lid on top and give is several good shakes to emulsify all the ingredients. You can also place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
2) In a large bowl, place arugula and quinoa and toss evenly.
3.) Top the salad with goat cheese, strawberries, walnuts, and avocado.
4.) Toss with lime dressing – you will have a good bit left over, it makes a great marinade or store in the refrigerator.
5.) Evenly distribute in bowls or plates and enjoy!