Summer is approaching far quicker than we could have imagined, so it’s time to cool things down with this simple and bright recipe from Chef Sider at Redstone Restaurant, paired with our 2019 Cherry Avenue Rosé.
It’s strawberry season here in Niagara, so swing by your local fruit stand and grab a basket to make this beautiful dish as fresh as possible!
4 cups Ontario strawberries, tops removed
2 English cucumbers, peeled, seeded and cut into 2” pieces
4 baby cucumbers cut into ¼” slices
1/2 cup sliced almond, toasted
1/2 cup dill, picked
50mL red wine vinegar
50mL white wine vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 shallots, minced
350mL grapeseed oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
For the dressing:
In a stainless steel bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, minced shallots, and mustard. Whisk to mix all ingredients together. Gradually whisk in the grapeseed oil to form a vinaigrette. Season with salt to taste.
Combine the strawberries, cucumbers, and half the dill and lightly dress in the vinaigrette. Arrange the salad on a plate and liberally sprinkle the toasted almonds and the remaining dill over top.
Pair this super easy dish with our 2019 Cherry Avenue Rosé. Made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes from our Estate Vineyard, the Cherry Ave Rosé is delicate and dry, but loaded with bright berry flavours that will perfectly compliment the fresh strawberries, all while uplifting the bright acidic flavours of the vinegar dressing and fresh dill.
This might become a staple in your back yard this summer, and is sure to be a crowd pleasure with its flexible flavour profile. The basil, honey, strawberries, and dark chocolate work harmoniously together with our Tawse Dry Gin, bringing out some of the beautiful the herbaceous notes.
5oz Tawse Dry Gin
1/4 cup of honey
1 pint of Strawberries, de-stemmed, halved, & sprinkled with 1 tbsp sugar
4-6 fresh Basil leaves
Juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 cups of ice
Dark chocolate, grated
Strawberry half + Basil leaf
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass leaving a 1/4 inch of space at the top. Add a thin layer of whipped cream to cover the surface area of the drink, then spoon on your dark chocolate flakes to mimic the look of garden dirt. Add your garnish decorations and presto, you have your own little strawberry patch!
The best part of this recipe is you can fix some of the ingredient measurements to your liking. If you would love a cold, fruity drink in the summer but don’t like anything too sweet, omit the sugar on the strawberries! If you enjoy a boozy cocktail, add an extra ounce of Gin. Freeze your strawberries beforehand for an extra icy treat. Don’t have dark chocolate around? Crushed up Oreo cookie makes for great ‘dirt’ as well.