Saturday, June 27, 2009

Arugala, Mozzarella Salad with Strawberry Vinaigette

I bought 3 quarts of strawberries and some fresh, homemade Mozzarella cheese at Nurel's Farm Stand in Hampton Bays to go with the bag of Chubby Bunny CSA baby arugula that's been in my fridge since Tuesday just waiting to be eaten. Since I had been busy with my food processor earlier in the day, I was inspired to use it again! I created a simple, delicious and almost totally local strawberry vinaigrette dressing to go over the greens, slices of creamy and flavorful local mozzarella cheese and strawberry garnish.

Arugala, Mozzarella Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Bunch of local arugula, washed and crispened
Slices of local cheese such as mozzarella or goat
Strawberries for garnish

1 cup of walnut oil
1/3 cup local white wine vinegar
24 basil leaves from the garden
16 medium strawberries, local
Salt and pepper, to taste
Local honey, to taste, if more sweetness is desired

Assemble arugula and cheese on a salad or dinner plate.

In a blender or food processor, add all of the dressing ingredients and process until smooth.
Adjust taste and texture with additional oil and vinegar, strawberries. Add a drop or two of honey
if more sweetness is needed.

Drizzle over salad.

(NOTE: Remaining strawberry vinaigrette can be stored in a jar and seal tightly and refrigerated for up
to a week.)

Garnish with cut strawberries and serve.

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Hampton Bays, NY
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