On Wednesday, I asked a my friends on Facebook what their favorite summer food was and the response was overwhelmingly about produce. We love our summer fruits and veggies any way we can get them.
And, gosh, do we love berries!
One of my goals is to eat more seasonally. I committed to not buy berries all winter long. We ate apples, bananas, grapefruit, clementines, and oranges. (I know bananas weren’t in season but as far as I know, they’re not even grown anywhere that’s remotely local.)
When the ripe, seasonal berries showed up I was thrilled. Joe was too. I made a big berry salad and we eat it with everything – yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, on hot cereal.
A Special Ingredient
I’ve been making this simple salad for years. It never occurred to me that it was anything ‘special’ until I got a phone call after a get-together with friends. My girlfriend said her husband insisted that she find out what I did to make the berries taste so good. I told her, but I don’t think she believed me until she made this salad herself. A little lime makes all the difference.
I sent Joe off to work with some of this berry salad in his lunch. He asked me to pack more the next day and I had to confess that I ate the rest of it for breakfast and lunch. Like I said, we love our berries.
Other SS&GF Berry Recipes:
What is your favorite way to eat fresh berries?
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- sweet, ripe strawberries
- fresh sweet-tart blueberries
- perfectly ripe, juicy raspberries
- juice from 1/2 lime
- powdered stevia to taste
- Wash berries and drain. Hull and quarter strawberries. Slice them if they’re really large.
- Place berries in a beautiful bowl and squeeze the juice from 1/2 lime on top. Sweeten to taste with stevia. Gently toss berries.
- Cover and place in refrigerator to chill for at least two hours. Overnight is just fine.
- Serve as is, with sweet whipped cream or coconut cream, on ice cream, in yogurt…the possibilities are endless.
I usually make a good sized bowl – a quart or more at once. Adjust the lime juice based on the amount of berries you use.