Thursday, February 13, 2014

Strawberry Salad for St. Valentine's Day

Here is a simple, quick and easy strawberry salad that can be made for breakfast or served as an appetizer or desert on St. Valentine's Day.

Love should be celebrated every day, but on St. Valentine's Day we usually add something extra to make that day a bit more special.

Since it is still a cold winter for some of us, I decided to create this simple salad with ingredients that will help you strengthen your immune system. I hope you can buy nice ripe organic strawberries at this time. Pick the ripest berries you can find. They are rich in Vitamin C and other important phytonutients. I used freshly pressed blood orange juice, honey and black pepper to make the dressing. Black pepper is rich in vitamin K and manganese. It helps promote digestion. In many cultures black pepper is a used as aphrodisiac - something you may consider if you are planning a sensual evening with your loved one.

A slightly different version of this salad comes with lemon juice, honey, hot chili and basil. Basil is rich in iron. Honey is a must if you want to maintain a strong immune system. Lemon juice alkalizes the body and hot chili not only keeps your blood running fast and feel more passionate, it also has anti-microbial properties and helps you detoxify your body.

As always, my recipes are here to inspire your own creativity. You can adjust the amounts according to your own preference and use different ingredients. The most important thing is you do it with love and passion.

Ingredients for two:
  • 1 pound ripe, organic strawberries
  • juice of 1 large blood orange
  • 1 tsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/3 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • In a small bowl whisk a marinade using all the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, pepper and honey. Set aside.
  • Wash and dry the strawberries and cut the into thick slices.
  • Arrange sliced strawberries on individual plates.
  • Pour the dressing over the berries and serve right away. Enjoy in a good company!

There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment. - Sarah Dessen

Wishing everyone much love and a very happy St. Valentine's Day!
In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

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