Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ode to edible flowers and seasonal fruits: Strawberry Wonder Salad

I made up this salad for dinner one night trying to use the surplus of strawberries we had in the fridge. It turned out to be a winner, with nice flavor contrasts amongst the strawberries, salty and creamy feta cheese, crunchy walnuts and basil freshness. I didn't know what to call it because it has basil, feta and edible flowers in it, but strawberries are the dominant component in this salad so I decided to be narcissist and name it after my blog :) I am really happy with this salad and will make it many times while strawberries are in season. Edible flowers are fun to use. I happen to have an exorbitant amount of nasturtiums in my backyard which have a lovely peppery bite to them. You may have some around you and just not know it. You can find an excellent guide to edible flowers here . 


1 basket of strawberries
1 head of red lettuce (or bag of baby / mixed herb lettuce)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup shredded basil
1 small red onion, sliced finely
edible flowers (I used nasturtium since they grow in our backyard, plus I enjoy their peppery flavor)


1/2 cup fruity olive oil (I use Greek olive oil from Mytilene )
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients together, reserving walnuts and edible flowers for garnish. Drizzle with olive oil dressing. 


Wandering Chopsticks said...

Very pretty! I do something similar with watermelon during the summer. And I like to add balsamic vinegar too.

Esi said...

These are so good! I love that pepper bite they add to salad.

Diana said...

Nice work there, TALF! I love strawberries in salads. One of my favorites is a summer salad I do with strawberries, corn, feta and grilled chicken. Poultry haters can feel free to omit the bird though. ;)

The Wind Attack said...

Those edible flowers ruled. And I have to say, it looks like this salad rules too. Strawberries make salads more fun.

Ruth Abatzoglou said...

I am so glad we have edible flowers growing in our garden... Thanks Anna for making everyone aware of their wonderful use.

I love your beauTIFUL salad!!

Your are the best daughter a mother could have.

Banana Wonder said...

Wandering Chopsticks - Yeah, balsamic would be good - especially with the strawbs. Dully noted for next time :)

Esi -If you ever want some and are in HB, holler!

Diana - I remember that summer salad of yours, maybe omit bird, add quinoa ;)?

Wind Attack - Thanks! Yes strawbs make lots of things fun...salads, sangrias, etc ;)

Banana Wonder said...

Mom - Thanks :) You are the best mom ever and your promiscuous flower garden rocks!

Peter M said...

You thought the neighbors looked at us Greeks when eat dandelions but now we're eating flowers?

The salad is gosh-darn perty...ya did good kiddo!

Banana Wonder said...

Peter - yes, we are noshing the flowers, at least here in California ;) Come to think of it, I think I have some dandelions growing out back... mmm

SouthBayGuy said...

Very cool and now I know the name of the flower that I encounter on my hikes around PV. I'll look in the Farmer's Mkt for other flowers. And I just picked up 3 cartons of strawberries yesterday. This will be ideal.


tobias cooks! said...

I just love these colors. What a fab salad.

Banana Wonder said...

SBG- Yes, free organic flowers rock! Please make this and let me know what you think :) I think it would go great with a rose or a crispy white.

Tobias - Efxaristw!! Are you Greek?