Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Berry Bloghop: Spring Berry Salad - for one #berry love

April is #berrylove month!

The berry options for this months bloghop are endless! In keeping with the Vegetarian Mamma style, I tried to keep it simple, tasty and fresh!  I have been in the mood for salad recently since spring has offically sprung around here!

The strawberries at Whole Foods have been looking better and better, though they recently hung a sign indicating that California had some bad weather which will affect the organic strawberry crop that they are selling in our store.  But this week, we had some great looking strawberries so I grabbed a box!

Introducing:  Spring Berry Salad, for one!

This might look like a simple salad, but the secret (or yummy taste) lies in the sauce! :)

Dressing (or sauce):
1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 t Pinot Vinegar
1 Berry mashed to a liquid

Gently mix all "dressing" ingredients and let sit.

Next, onto to the salad!  

2 cups organic spinach, washed and gently patted dry (I cannot wait until my garden spinach is ready!)
5 berries washed and cut to preferred size
1 t organic vegetarian parm cheese

Arrange non-liquid ingredients into your bowl, then drizzle with your yummy homemade dressing.  If the natural sweetness of the dressing is not sweet enough, add a small pinch of organic sugar!

You can double and triple the dressing recipe to use over multiple days, however remember that EVOO tends to solidify when cool.  Just take the dressing out of the fridge a few minutes prior to making your salad!

Here is a listing of all the wonderful co-hosts this month!  Please be sure to visit their sites!  They are ALL amazing!

A little bit of everything ~ Roxana GreenGirl ~ @RoxanaGreenGirl
Baker Street ~ Anuradha ~ @bakerstreet29
Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves ~ Becky Higgins
BigFatBaker ~ Erin Meyer ~ @bigfatbaker
Bon à croquer ~ Valerie ~ @valouth
Cake Duchess ~ Lora ~ @cakeduchess
Easily Good Eats ~ Three Cookies                                          
Elephant Eats ~ Amy

GeorgieCakes ~Georgie~ @Georgiecakes Hobby And More ~ Richa ~ @betit19
Java Cupcake ~ Betsy Eves ~ @JavaCupcake
Mis Pensamientos ~ Junia ~ @juniakk
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ T.R. ~ @TRCrumbley
Oh Cake ~ Jessica ~ @jesshose
Queen's Notebook ~ Elizabeth  Quirino ~ @Mango_Queen
Rico sin Azúcar ~ Helena ~ @ricosinazucar
Simply Reem ~  Reem ~ @Simplyreem
Soni's Food for Thought ~ Soni ~ @sonisfood
Teaspoon of Spice ~ Deanna Segrave-Daly ~ @tspbasil
That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!! ~ Liz ~ @thatskinnychick
The Art of Cooking Real Food ~ Laura ~ @TAofCRF
The Wimpy Vegetarian ~ Susan ~ @wimpyvegetarian
Vegan Yack Attack ~ Jackie S. ~ @veganyackattack
Vegetarian Mamma ~ Cindy ~ @vegetarianmamma

Please join in on the #berrylove fun by linking up any berry recipe from the month of April 2012. Don't forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #berrylove event! The twitter hashtag is #berrylove :).