This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
I’m turning thirty-two next week (why? how? I digress), and since my birthday always starts off the new year (I was born on January 2nd, in case you want to buy me something pretty) I feel like I reflect extra hard. Sadly, as I get older (why? how?), I can only eat poorly for a meal or two before I feel sluggish, and I just can’t hang like I used to. I never thought that statement would also pertain to food. But here we are.
I ate, I drank, and you guys I was more than merry this holiday season. It’s time to get things back on track, folks.
When they’re in season, one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate in to pretty much everything is a fresh Florida Strawberry. Whenever I have tried to “diet” in the past, I knew I could eat lots of strawberries for little calories, and carbs (Phase 2 of the Atkins Diet was always my favorite, because I could once again have strawberries). Each time I start a round of the Whole 30, I look forward to strawberries as a side to breakfast, or thrown into a salad. They’re Paleo approved too. Just 8 medium strawberries equal your daily requirement of vitamin C. Nutritious and delicious locally grown Florida Strawberry are in season now. Click here for more nutrition info. Basically strawberries are good in everyone’s book! Just ask Strawberry Sue.
Plus, I mean we grow them in FLORIDA! You can pick them yourself on strawberry farms. And, we have the Florida Strawberry Festival each year in Plant City (where my in-laws hail from). You know how I feel about supporting anything local – not that it’s difficult, when it’s local produce I love so much.
These days, I just aim to eat clean most of the time (this past week does not count!). It’s easy to make my own dressings, sauces, etc and store them in a mason jar for the week (tip: wash and dice your strawberries, and store in a mason jar, and they’ll stay fresh for up to five days!) to grab and go.
I love making a batch of Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad on Sunday to eat through the week. Homemade mayo (use store bought if you like), mixed with a poppy seed dressing using honey, shredded chicken and Florida Strawberries. Hello! It’s so good. Sometimes I eat this salad as is. Other times I throw it in a lettuce wrap, or on a piece of toasted bread. Even though it’s still December, I plan to serve this salad with croissants at a friend’s baby shower I am hosting in February. No matter your dietary preference, or party menu, this salad is perfect for everyone.
- 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
- 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
- 1 Tsp Dry Mustard
- 1 Tsp Lemon Juice, fresh lemon suggested
- 1/4 Tsp. Onion Powder
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (can also use rotisserie chicken)
- 3/4 cup fresh strawberries, diced
- 1/4 celery, diced (1-2 stalks of celery)
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup Poppy Seed Dressing (recipe follows)
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
- scallions for garnish (optional)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk in Poppy Seed Dressing. Mix well. Add mayo or Greek yogurt to salad. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, to allow all ingredients to come together. Serve on your favorite bread, or bibb lettuce (for a lettuce wrap). Garnish with scallion onions, if desired.
- Store in a mason jar up to five days, in the refrigerator.
See what other recipes we’re sharing today using Florida Strawberries for #SundaySupper, below:
Strawberries for Starters
- Crispy Strawberry and Brie Bites by Ruffles & Truffles
- Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Flatbread by The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Basil Goat Cheese Ball by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Strawberries for Breakfast
- Creamy Strawberry Chia Seed Avocado Smoothie by An Appealing Plan
- Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Parfait by The Freshman Cook
- Strawberry Balsamic Frittata by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Strawberry Bread by Desserts Required
- Strawberry Breakfast Cake by Recipe for Perfection
- Strawberry French Toast Kabobs by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Strawberry Guacamole & Bacon Toast by I’m Not the Nanny
Strawberries for Lunch
- Strawberry-Poppyseed Chicken Salad Sandwiches by Casa de Crews
- Venison Street Tacos by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Strawberry Brie Flatbread Salad by Family Foodie
- Strawberry Caprese Salad by Life Tastes Good
Strawberries for Dinner
- Balsamic Pork Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Healthy One Pot Chicken Strawberry Paella by Food Done Light
- Pecan Chicken with Strawberry Chipotle Salsa by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Quinoa with Salmon and Strawberries by Cooking Chat
- Strawberry BBQ Meatballs by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Strawberry Risotto by Magnolia Days
Plus don’t miss Delicious Strawberry Ideas and Sweet Recipes by Sunday Supper Movement
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