Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Balcony Dining and Fresh Strawberry Salad

 One of my favorite things to do is to eat outdoors.
On a recent summer evening, I enjoyed a lovely dinner at 
my daughter's on her balcony.  The weather was a beautiful 70-something.
Perfect for outdoor dining with a friend and family.

I made a centerpiece using store-bought flowers, combining 
them with sliced limes inside a square glass vase. You can see
I placed some of the discarded flower stems on the bottom of the
vase to help wedge in the limes (to avoid their tendency to float)
and to act as a floral frog to anchor in the flowers.
Our food picture taking was a little scarce, but I did want 
to share with you this delicious Fresh Strawberry Salad.

This fresh baby spinach salad included bleu cheese crumbles, 
thickly-sliced fresh strawberries, sliced red onion, and blanched 
slivered almonds. I dressed it with a White Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette.
I don't use a recipe, but a very similar one is this copy-cat
version of Panera Bread's White Balsamic Fuji Apple Vinaigrette.

 What a relaxing way to spend the evening... outside.

Where do you like to eat during the summer?

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