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Strawberry Picking & Summer Salad

It was a beautiful day last weekend when I decided to take the boys strawberry picking. Perthshire has a great range of amazing strawberry farms where you can pick you own at this time of year. We live just outside Bridge of Earn so decided on a short drive to nearby Broadslap Farm. This is a family run fruit farm just outside Dunning, which has recently opened its new farm shop and café.  It really is well worth a visit. 

On arrival, the farmer ushered us onto the trailer of his tractor where we sat on straw bails to take us up to the strawberry fields. The kids were in awe and it was a really fun addition to the morning that we hadn’t expected.

So back home and with boxes of freshly picked strawberries lining my kitchen worktop, I thought I’d start by make a green salad with strawberries and feta cheese. I made this to accompany our Saturday night Chorizo Carbonara which featured last week. It’s a perfect salad to capture the mood of early summer with the first of Perthshire’s ripe strawberries.  If you wanted you could make this as a main meal by adding some grilled chicken on top.

Packed with nutrients and flavour, this makes the perfect lunch, side salad or light dinner.

Gill x 

Preparation Time:
10 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 x 90g bags mixed salad leaves
  • 24 strawberries, cut into quarters
  • 150g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 100g pine nuts
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
    1. Whisk together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a bowl with a good pinch of salt and pepper.
    2. Mix the salad leaves, sliced red onion and strawberries in a salad bowl. Add in the crumbled feta cheese then toss together with the balsamic dressing.
    3. Divide between 4 bowls and top with the pine nuts.


    Where to even begin? Like most good Scots I LOVE strawberries. Many, many years ago I ran the Perthshire Berry Festival with my trusty colleagues Christine and Kay. Every March we'd start preparing for the tour, picking off Perthshire towns and rallying up farmers, producers and chefs as we set out to cheers of "Mon The Berries!"

    Scotland is one of the world's best berry growing countries thanks to our slightly damp climate and not too hot summers -  that pasty white skin doesn't feel like too bad a trade off now does it?!  

    As well as being super tasty eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids and if you get busy at lunchtime munching down, you'll be looking at 55 calories for one wee bowlful. Unless of course you wash them down with gallons of cream!

    In jam, on a tart, straight from the field.... I would happily scoff down strawberries all day long!

    Please do try this out at home and please do leave your comments here and please do share this with your friends! You can also share your photographs and ideas with us. We'd love to see them. As always, tag them #PerthLoveFest and we'll scatter them around our own social media.  

    Happy Picking,

    Nicki X