Spring is here! As weather warms up, there are various fruits and vegetables that are in-season. The wonderful thing about in-season produce is that they are picked close to ripeness and travel shorter distances, so they stay fresher longer. This also means that they are less expensive than off-season produce. Here is a list of all the wonderful spring produce to stock up on this April.
Remember, the more variety you have in your diet, the better. Eating a variety of foods allows you to receive a wide range of nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy.
Try this recipe that includes in-season produce:
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad
1 cup slivered almonds
12 ounces mixed spring greens
16 ounces strawberries, washed, hulled, & sliced
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
For the Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
½ cup sunflower, safflower, OR extra-virgin olive oil (neutral-flavored)
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus additional to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon poppy seeds, optional
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spread almonds on a sheet pan and bake for 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
3. Measure all the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Wisk ingredients together in a medium bowl or blend them in a mini food processor or blender.
4. Combine the mixed greens, sliced strawberries, almonds, and crumbled goat cheese into a large bowl. Just before serving, dress with your desired amount of vinaigrette.
Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1.4mg