Are you someone that automatically spends your time contemplating the past? Or do you tend to look forward, with the future always on your mind? I have always been someone that thinks more about the past--rolling over what has happened rather than leaving it behind and focusing on what hasn't happened yet.
That's why my first thought, when making this salad, is to tell you about the strawberry patch that grew in the backyard of our second house, the one I grew up in. The way the strawberry plants created a web through out the whole garden, so that occasionally, you'd find a strawberry growing amongst the peonies. The proper strawberry patch was on the other side of the yard but it didn't matter how hard we tried--they'd always pop up elsewhere, even sneaking under the fence as if to escape the yard. But it feels wrong to talk so much about this past in a post about this salad, a salad so fresh and full of signs of new growth that it's begging for the future before it gets here.
I once had a boss whose entire front yard was a strawberry patch -- she forwent the idea of grass all together and simply let the strawberries take over. I remember thinking, That's genius; I am going to do that. Sometimes I still wonder what it looks like in the winter, or if all of the rabbits in the neighborhood flock to her yard. Imagine what fun it would be to walk out, and just be surrounded by fields and field of strawberries! For whatever reason that little moment in the future is one I can think about, even when the rest of my thoughts are occupied with yesterday.
And you? Do you naturally think more about the past or the future?
Serves: 6 | Total Time:
- 5 ounces baby arugula
- 2 ounces clover and/or broccoli sprouts
- 8 ounces strawberries, sliced
- 1 cucumber, sliced on a bias
- 1 cup feta crumbles For the Dressing:
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon
- 2 tablespoons minced white onion, sautéd until translucent OR 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Toss the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl.
- In a small jar, shake together the ingredients for the dressing. Drizzle dressing over salad to taste, then toss again. Serve!