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Eatsy: Cook-in-Residence Shares Her Strawberry and Mozzarella Salad Recipe

May 21, 2010

by kittykatherine

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Kitty_bio.jpgOnce a week Etsy worker bees gather ’round our handmade farm tables to dig into seasonal dishes. We call this gathering Eatsy, and by far, it’s the best day at the office. Kitty Greenwald, cook and author, makes these dishes from scratch and the menu changes weekly. Eatsy’s objectives are simple: apply Etsy’s handmade values to food and provide the Brooklyn crew with a nourishing, communal meal. This is no different than what many of you do with friends and family in your homes. Eatsy strives to create a similar environment in the workplace, and we want to give you all a taste of Kitty’s amazing cooking. Here she is to share her tips for sourcing locally grown food and a recipe to boot.

Lucky for Eatsy, this past weekend strawberries were spotted in a tent at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. There were loads — rows, in fact. Big, small, red, ripe and just plucked from Phillips Farms, located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. There was more, too. Delicate lettuces (more than six varieties!), green garlic, baby cucumbers, spring onions, chocolate mint, tarragon… But strawberries, after months of apples and pears and citrus, shone. They had to be featured at Eatsy, no question. With the new lettuce and basil around, a spring salad easily came together: strawberries with fatty mozzarella, basil and arugula. Good, no?

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The recipe and tips are below. To change it up, try avocado instead of mozzarella or tarragon instead of basil. Down the road, use peaches instead of berries. Hopefully this salad whets your appetite for what lies ahead and pleases both you and the Brooklyn folks alike.
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A tip for buying and storing strawberries: Good strawberries should be fragrant. While their size depends on the variety, always look for green stems, firm flesh and deep red berries; the darker the red, the riper the berry. Strawberries are best served room temperature and eaten soon after purchase. They keep 2-3 days in the fridge when laid out on a tray lined with a damp cloth and covered with another damp cloth. To clean, rinse in a bowl of water and shake the berries gently to dislodge any grit. Lay out to dry and remove stems with a pairing knife just before serving.

STRAWBERRY, MOZZARELLA and ARUGULA SALAD

1 pound strawberries, rinsed, dried and hulled
8 basil leaves, washed, dried, and roughly chopped
1 ball fresh mozzarella (The freshest you can get! Cow’s milk is good but buffalo, smoked or burrata, while slightly more expensive, are unstoppable.)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
Pepper
6 cups arugula, washed and dried
Juice of 1/2 lemon

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Cut the berries in half (quarter larger berries). Toss the berries with the basil. Tear or chop the mozzarella into bite-size pieces.

Whisk the oil and vinegar together. Season the dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Season the salad with a pinch of salt and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Spread the greens out on a large platter. Tuck the mozzarella and berries in and around the greens. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve.

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More information about this week’s Eatsy dishes:

  • The fresh mozzarella came from Caputo‘s, in Caroll Gardens. It’s made just a few hours before being served so it will be super soft and creamy.
  • I also made a chicken platter, which I sourced from Madani Halal in Ozone Park, NY. They are a family owned supplier of humanely raised lamb, goat and chicken.
  • Learn more about the NYC Farmers’ Markets at grownyc.org/greenmarket.

About Kitty Greenwald, a cook and food writer living in Brooklyn:

I’ve cooked in New York, California, France, Italy and Portugal, been involved in Slow Food Nation, The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival: Food Culture USA, curated Slow Film Night at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and am currently collaborating with the great Grahame Weinbren for the SJ01 Biennial. I’ve written and contributed recipes to Real Simple, National Geographic’s Food Journeys of a Lifetime and the San Jose Mercury News. My first cookbook (just released!), Life’s Too Short to Chop Onions, published by Reader’s Digest, is a collection of handy-dandy easy recipes — you can find it on Amazon or through an independent bookseller. Happily, part of my week is devoted to Eatsy, a locally sourced and seasonal meal that I plan and prepare for the good people of Etsy. Here on the Blog, I’ll share recipes and chat with you about all things homemade and edible.

Do you support your local farmers’ market? Tell us about your recipes in the comments and share links to Flickr photos. Let’s make everyone hungry!

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71 comments

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    oh we love our farmers markets here in vancouver...not only saturday..wednesday, sunday too!! just getting started this spring! great article!

  • stellabystar

    stellabystar said 6 years ago

    OMG, I am so trying this recipe!! It sounds fantastic!

  • bddesigns

    bddesigns said 6 years ago

    Yum Yum!!!! Love anything with mozz and fresh basil!!!

  • ElisabethSpace

    ElisabethSpace said 6 years ago

    Firstly, "Eatsy" is genius, in name and notion! Secondly, YUM! Can't wait to mix strawberries and mozzarella together, not that I ever need an excuse to buy cheese. Thanks for the good and simple idea. :)

  • lenoreeightyfour

    lenoreeightyfour said 6 years ago

    wow this looks amazing and I can't wait to try it!

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 6 years ago

    Yeah for "Eatsy" and Kitty! That was a delicious meal. I highly recommend this recipe.

  • deltamoonsoap

    deltamoonsoap said 6 years ago

    Selling my handmade soap at the Farmers Markets has made me sort of a Farmers Market snob! Having access to the most fresh veggies and fruit is fabulous! That recipe sounds yummy!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

    That looks amazing! I want to make it now! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue said 6 years ago

    won-der-ful. look at those fresh greens! looks amazing.

  • BululuGems

    BululuGems said 6 years ago

    Yummy!

  • Neelam12

    Neelam12 said 6 years ago

    It was delicious! Thanks Kitty!!

  • studiokmo

    studiokmo said 6 years ago

    this looks so yummy and summery, can't wait to try it!

  • PirateBLA

    PirateBLA said 6 years ago

    Absolutely, positively delicious.

  • persylla

    persylla said 6 years ago

    yum

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 6 years ago

    Num num! Thanks, Kitty!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    ok, now that you made my mouth start salivating and my tummy growl, it's time for lunch. but i'll be eating leftovers from last nights fajitas. guess it's time to hit the grocery store for salad ingredients.

  • Iheartmoustaches Admin

    Iheartmoustaches said 6 years ago

    mmm, my mouth is watering! That salad was incredibly fresh and delicious. I can't wait to make it at home. :)

  • sparrow

    sparrow said 6 years ago

    Holy cow, this looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 6 years ago

    Yum. I want.

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 6 years ago

    Uhhhh yummy!!!!

  • toutourouge

    toutourouge said 6 years ago

    the sight of this salad makes me hungry..

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 6 years ago

    man, what a beautiful post! it's getting to be the best time of year for farmer's markets and fresh local food in ny..so exciting! thanks for sharing the inspiration..going to go eat now.. :)

  • muka

    muka said 6 years ago

    When I was a kid growing up in Boston Wednesday was "Prince Spaghetti day." Now as an adult at "Eatsy" Wednesday is eat like a prince day!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 6 years ago

    Tasty!

  • RedOnionWoodworks

    RedOnionWoodworks said 6 years ago

    My mom's been selling vegetables at our local farmers' market, so I pretty much grew up there. So many good memories. Now I'm selling cutting boards/serving trays to compliment such bounty.

  • blota

    blota said 6 years ago

    looks delicious!! can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing it with us, Kitty!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Sounds and looks delicious! Thank you!

  • sacredflesh

    sacredflesh said 6 years ago

    This sounds so good I had to share it on FB and I'm going to try it for myself ASAP!!!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Yum!! sounds great - and so simple. thanks for sharing!!

  • randyjhunt Admin

    randyjhunt said 6 years ago

    It was so good. Thanks, Kitty!

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 6 years ago

    The word scrumptious comes to mind! I can't wait to try it at our house. Thank you!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 6 years ago

    mmmm this post is making me so hungry!!

  • PassionFlowerVintage

    PassionFlowerVintage said 6 years ago

    oooh. yummy!.

  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 6 years ago

    "Eatsy"!! What a great idea! Sounds like an awesome way to hang and bond with coworkers.... oh, and eat too! I just stopped at a farmstand today and bought some delish strawberries... I'll be making this salad tonight! Thanks for the recipe Kitty :)

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 6 years ago

    mmmmm. wonderful article!

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 6 years ago

    ohhh! Must try that!

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 6 years ago

    I'm going to make this tomorrow night! Yum!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 6 years ago

    That looks great! Bookmarking this one.

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 6 years ago

    This sounds really good!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    I am so jealous of your workplace. We have an old coffee pot and some stale coffee packets left over from somebody's hotel stay at my job. And a pile of takeout menus.

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago

    Pretty and delicious!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Oh this looks so good I'll have to try these dishes.

  • Thestorybookcottage

    Thestorybookcottage said 6 years ago

    Love Strawberries. Thanks for sharing your salad receipe~

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 6 years ago

    mmm...so simple and perfectly proportioned. yum. i love that you source your foods locally and think about how the livestock is raised. congratulations on your new cookbook kitty!

  • Envy2

    Envy2 said 6 years ago

    In Spring and Early summer I love a good spinach and strawberry salad, but I am definitely going to try this one. Who knows it may be my new favorite. Thanks Kitty!

  • anek

    anek said 6 years ago

    Mmm, love it!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 6 years ago

    I have decided to institute this practice here at Vintage Eye Central. Now, where is the stove, exactly?? Ummm...?

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 6 years ago

    This salad sounds absolutely amazing!! I will be trying this one out this weekend! Thanks!

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt said 6 years ago

    yummie!

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 6 years ago

    This salad sounds so good. We are going to have to try it!! Thanks!!

  • StudioElan

    StudioElan said 6 years ago

    So yummy sounding! but no handmade pottery Berry Bowls by fabulous Etsians in the related items?? kind of an Etsyfail! :)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Yummm

  • DPKministat

    DPKministat said 6 years ago

    Everything looks delicious! I am making this salad tonight. I wish admin would come up with a smell and taste feature on Etsy. :)

  • tasifashion

    tasifashion said 6 years ago

    Yammi=Yammi!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Looks and sounds wonderful. I've added blueberries to this mix! It's a great summer salad! What fun! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I love the name!!!!

  • HaleyByHand

    HaleyByHand said 6 years ago

    mmm what great combinations! can't wait to try this!! thanks :)

  • TheJewelryChateau

    TheJewelryChateau said 6 years ago

    That dish looks fantastic, I will definitely be trying to recreate that for this summers get togethers. Thanks Eatsy and Kitty!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    wow this looks great I'll have to try it out I like strawberries and mozzarella but never tried them together!

  • artwerx

    artwerx said 6 years ago

    Fantastic - I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage said 6 years ago

    I never would have thought to combine mozzarella with strawberries. Looks like a winning combination and will have to try it. :)

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 6 years ago

    That sounds so yummy! I just bought some strawberries so I'm going to try it! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • happyhound

    happyhound said 6 years ago

    Wow- I am so envious of the Etsy staff for this fabulous working perk of having you come cook for them! Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe.

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    The salad looks amazing!

  • volarevia

    volarevia said 6 years ago

    wow, thanks so much for sharing your recipe!! can't wait to try it :))

  • OverTheLuna

    OverTheLuna said 6 years ago

    This salad sounds and looks awesome! Love the fact that the strawberries were locally sourced. Great pictures!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the recipe Kitty! That salad was fabulous.

  • StopTheClock

    StopTheClock said 6 years ago

    I'm definitely making this asap! Yum!

  • WaterHorseStudios

    WaterHorseStudios said 6 years ago

    Sounds SO yummy, thanks for sharing!

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 6 years ago

    Oh that sounds really good... anything with cheese is good!

  • JanuaryJaniesJewelry

    JanuaryJaniesJewelry said 6 years ago

    Sounds like the perfect summer meal!

  • kbgnorth

    kbgnorth said 6 years ago

    I make a similar salad, over mixed greens as opposed to arugula, topped with pine nuts plus the fresh mozz. and strawberries, and it's excellent with Brianna's poppyseed dressing. Don't use bottled dressings much but that one is really good.

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