Strawberry Salad with Hazelnuts and Lemon Balm

Strawberry Salad with Hazelnuts and Lemon Balm

This year the strawberries that we grow in our countryhouse garden are huge. Beautifully shaped, red in the middle and sweet. I almost felt it would be to bad to use them for jam or baking. So they went into a salad. Our lemon balm is also huge this year. And it smells wonderful. We decided just to sit on the grass, make some lemon balm lemonade and eat strawberries. Elmo the minpin was chilling around sniffing the chamomile. A beautiful day.

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Strawberry Salad with Hazelnuts and Lemon Balm

Ingredients:

1 kg strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
fresh lemon balm leaves
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezes lime juice
toasted hazelnuts
freshly ground black pepper (optional)
250 ml heavy cream
2 chamomile tea bags
3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions:

Heat half of the heavy cream over medium heat until bubbles form around edges of the saucepan. Remove from heat, put tea bags inside, cover and let stand for about 20 minutes. Then remove the tea bags let cool on room temperature and then transfer into the fridge to cool down completely. Combine flavored cream with the remaining cream and 3 tablespoons sugar and beat with a mixer. Keep in the fridge until you prepare the strawberries.

Hull the strawberries and cut them into quarters or halves depending on their size. Add 2 tablespoons sugar, orange and lime juice and stir. You can use some orange flavored liqueur or rum instead of orange juice.

Add torn lemon balm leaves and chopped hazelnuts to taste. If you like, you can also add some freshly ground black pepper (and it goes really very well with strawberries just don’t overdo it). Serve with chamomile flavored cream.
 
Inspired by this salad.

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Sending this for Cooking with Herbs Challenge hosted by Lancashire Food this month.

 

8 Comments

  1. What a lovely combination of flavors! I love lemon balm and it grows abundantly in our garden – unfortunatelly we’ve hd less luck with growing strawberries…

    • It was like that for us for years. And then, a new neighbour moved to the house next to ours. He planted strawberries. They were huge, sweet, beautiful. The runners started to get through the fence. We welcomed them and since then we have beautiful strawberries :)

  2. Just popped by to let you know you’ve been featured today over at Carole’s Chatter. Cheers

  3. Quite an interesting combination just do not understand what role meet here nuts :P.
    But really it fits great. :)

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