tchad and i went camping in acadia national park up in bar harbor, me last week. before we left, i thought it would be fun to do a little “tasty seasons goes camping” feature and dazzle you with all of the fun things you can cook over/in an open fire. if you google “camping food”, all sorts of nifty lists and ideas pop up with all sorts of clever things you can do to feed yourself under the stars.
alas, i have nothing to offer any of those lists. not one thing. as is often the case, the ‘fun idea in my head’ and the ‘what actually happened’ were… not the same. specifically, what happened is that we just kept opening package after package and adding boiling water to each one. sometimes, when we were really living on the edge, we’d boil a pouch in water instead of combining the contents of the pouch with the water. that was about as daring as it got though.
needless to say, by the time we got home, i was craving crunchy things and fresh vegetables. this strawberry salad with maple balsamic vinaigrette doesn’t have a lot of crunchy ingredients (i’ve been overdosing on crackers and crostini to address that issue) but it does have both a big pile of fresh greens AND… strawberries!
before we left to go camping, i was feeling bummed that i had slept too late on saturday morning and the farmers’ market was out of strawberries by the time i got there. it was still the very beginning of the strawberry season up here and there just weren’t that many strawberries to be had yet.
luckily, this past week i woke up much earlier (a week of following the sun’s schedule will do that to you) and it’s more in the peak of strawberry season so there were strawberries aplenty when i arrived at the market. i *may* have gone a little overboard in my excitement at finding them but i live by the principle that it’s difficult to have too many local strawberries in your kitchen in late june. so, while this salad is my *first* strawberry recipe of the season, it won’t be the last! stay tuned friends, stay tuned.