This post is sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Love is in the air! Today Sunday Supper celebrates Valentine’s Day with recipes and ideas for turning tasty Florida Strawberries into exciting dishes to serve your loved ones.
I care about what foods I serve my family and friends. I know you do too. Florida Strawberries can help you enjoy A Healthy and Nutritious Valentine’s Day.
Strawberries are a great example of nutrient-dense foods, which provide the greatest amounts of vitamins and minerals with the fewest calories.
- One cup of strawberries (about eight medium-sized berries) yields 150 percent daily value (DV) of vitamin C for only 50 calories.
- Strawberries are also relatively high in fiber. One cup provides 3 grams, or 12 percent DV.
- Did you know that strawberries are good for your bones? Strawberries are an excellent source of potassium, folate and the trace mineral manganese, which are essential for maintaining bone health.
- The average strawberry has over 200 tiny seeds!
- Strawberries are second only to apples in fresh-fruit popularity.
Enjoy nutrient packed Florida Strawberries as part of your breakfast, lunch or main meal.
Breakfast becomes a bit sweeter when you add Florida Strawberries to your favorite hot or cold cereal. I like to add a few slices to my pancakes and waffles, too. For pancakes, add strawberry slices right before you flip it. Of course a little homemade Strawberry Balsamic Syrup is a perfect topper!
Lunch might be a small tossed salad. There’s always room on my plate for Florida Strawberries!
Even beverages become something special with Florida Strawberries in the recipe! Add fresh strawberries to lemonade, ice tea or sparkling water for a new way to enjoy your favorite drink.
Of course I always save room for Florida Strawberry inspired dessert !
For today’s Sunday Supper event with Florida Strawberries, I chose to kick my salad up a notch!
Chef salads are as unique as the person creating them. Most Chef Salads are actually well-balanced meals. You’ll find a type of protein, dairy, bread and vegetables. How can I make this type of salad even more healthy and tasty?
Add Florida Strawberries, of course!
Why stop with adding a few slices? I incorporated fresh strawberries in the croutons and lemon basil dressing too. A strawberry trifecta!
- 1 head red leaf lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup sliced Florida Strawberries
- 12 ounces cooked turkey or ham
- 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup baby carrots, sliced
- strawberry croutons (recipe below)
- Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing (recipe below)
- 2 cups hearty crusty bread (French, Italian) cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
- 2 Tablespoons minced strawberries
- 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 cup strawberry puree
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon or Meyer lemon juice
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh, chopped basil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Toast bread cubes at 300 degrees until golden brown. Cool.
- Whip butter and sugar together until smooth. Add strawberries and dried basil.
- Gently fold butter over toasted bread creating a light coating.
- Return to oven and bake at 325 turning as needed until all sides are golden brown. Cool before adding to salads.
- Whisk together strawberry puree and lemon juice. Whisk in oil, basil and salt and pepper.
- Assemble salads on 4 plates. Drizzle with dressing.
It is Valentine’s Day! 😉
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Follow the Fresh Florida Strawberry Recipe Pinterest Board for great ideas to create strawberry packed dishes!
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Keep enjoying fresh Florida Strawberries all season long with these great recipes and ideas from Sunday Supper!
- Sparkling Strawberry Sangria from Family Foodie
- Strawberry-Basil Spritzer from Eat Picks
- Strawberry and Cream Smoothie from Flour On My Face
- Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Love and Confections
- Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake from Ruffles & Truffles
- Skillet Baked Strawberry Oatmeal from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Strawberry Banana Hazelnut Crepes from The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Coffee Cake with Greek Yogurt from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Sweetheart Strawberry Scones from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Herbed Strawberry Salad from Magnolia Days
- Strawberry Waldorf Salad from Food Done Light
- Balsamic Strawberry Walnut Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil from Soni’s Food
- Mahi Mahi with Strawberry Sauce from Cooking Chat
- Strawberry Mole Chicken from Curious Cuisiniere
- Dark Chocolate Strawberry Parfaits from Daily Dish Recipes
- Flourless Almond Cake with Strawberries and Coconut Cream from Casa de Crews
- Strawberry Cannoli from Palatable Pastime
- Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Plus: Nutritious Fresh Strawberry Recipes plus Strawberry Almond Milk from Sunday Supper Movement
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