Despite the meteorological moodiness of my adopted home city, this week something finally happened… You can never be too sure, but the temperatures have cracked the 20°C mark on such a regular basis that it leads me to draw a conclusion: summer, people, it really does seem to be here! The wonderful thing about summer and especially June in these parts is that days seem to last pretty much forever. You can comfortably leave the office at 8:00pm and still enjoy about two hours of sunshine.*
Another thing that I love about June is that we finally get local strawberries. Strawberries, to me, are the ultimate herald of summer. Once you can buy them at one of these strawberry-shaped stalls on the street corner, you can be sure that summer has begun. I don’t really like buying them when they’ve been shipped from far away, because it means they’ve been harvested without being ripe, and taste mainly of water (plus, the food miles! Eek). I bought some yesterday. They’re like little red drops of perfection. Today, I went to the farmers’ market and got some rocket to make one of the easiest, tastiest summer salads ever.
Ingredients (1 pretty substantial portion):
- 2 big handfuls rocket
- 2 handfuls strawberries
- 90g feta cheese
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- balsamic vinegar reduction to drizzle (this stuff has become seriously overused, but it goes amazingly well with the strawberries, so don’t snub it)
Wash and dry the rocket. (On a side note: in my book, rocket wins the award for most difficult to eat salad. You may want to cut the leaves a bit, or else you may, like me, end up with salad dressing everywhere. I got some on my wall, for God’s sake. Don’t ask how I did it.) Arrange on a plate or in a bowl.
Wash and dry the strawberries and cut them into quarters or halve the smaller ones.
In a bowl, combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar with some salt and pepper. Add the strawberries and let them marinate for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the feta cheese into cubes and add to the salad bowl or plate. Once the strawberries are done, pour them over the salad. Drizzle with some balsamic vinegar reduction. Enjoy!
* This, Hamburg weather, is about all the praise you’re ever going to get from me, so you’d better appreciate it.