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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Louisiana Products at there peak!

Here in Louisiana we have an abundance of local ingredients just waiting to make there way to your table. Some of my favorites for this time of year is our Ponchatoula Strawberries and Fresh Sugar cane that was harvested a couple months back and hitting the shelf at its freshest state. With sSummer time around the corner this brings healthy eating to mind and salads to my mind. Below is a salad that I find to focus on those two great ingredients and is great for you and you palate. Enjoy these great local ingredients to there fullest and let your imagination run wild with culinary creativity.

Strawberry Spinach Salad
w/Sugar Cane Vinaigrette
1# Fresh Spinach leaves
1 pint strawberries (cut in ¼” slices)
3oz Blue Cheese Crumbles
2oz Chopped Walnuts
Toss Spinach leaves in a large mixing bowl with strawberries and Sugar cane Vinaigrette. Once all leaves are lightly coated top with Blue Cheese crumbles and chopped Walnuts. Top your salad with grilled chicken or blackened shrimp for light entree choice.
Sugar cane Vinaigrette:
                1/2 cup vinegar
                1/2 cup cane syrup
                1/3 cup mustard
                1 teaspoon garlic
                1 cup oil
Combine vinegar, mustard, garlic and syrup with blender. On medium speed slowly add oil till completely blended.

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