Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to…
You think you know a song. A song that has been around for decades but is still such a part of the fabric of American existence that it pops into your head as you’re making your new favorite strawberry salad.
Huh? Really? “No one, I think, is in my tree?” What is this song about exactly…?
So I checked it out on Genius. I had always thought it was a sweet, nostalgic song about the magic of childhood, but now I believe it runs deeper. It’s more a song about feeling you don’t fit in, wondering why, and longing to be in a place (either internal or external) where being different is OK. It’s a song about the basic human need for a tribe. For a group of people that ‘get you.’ In other words, for comfort.
And, while salad isn’t quite a comfort food, a good salad can provide something similar. And equally important. Optimism.
This strawberry salad is a bowl of pure optimism. We’ve got strawberries, creamy gorgonzola cheese and a smattering of roasted sunflower seeds set against a backdrop of romaine lettuce, cucumber and green onion. It’s fresh. It’s bright. It washes the slate clean and gets you looking forward again.
I tossed it with a subtle, well-balanced dressing I found on Genius Kitchen. The apple cider vinegar and honey in the dressing are a perfect compliment to the sweetness of the strawberries. They are BFFs. A tribe, if you will. But not a clique. When the tang of the gorgonzola cheese steps up and asks (quite confidently) to be included they are happy to bring it into the fold.
- 1 head romaine lettuce washed and chopped
- 1/2 medium cucumber peeled and chopped small
- 2 to 3 green onions (to taste) bulb and light green parts sliced thin
- 1 cup strawberries washed, hulled and sliced
- 1 to 2 ounces (to taste) of gorgonzola cheese separated into 'crumbles'
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
Combine, in order, in a large salad bowl.
Serve with your favorite dressing or this one from Genius Kitchen
You will maximize your culinary experience by dicing the cucumber and slicing the strawberries to the same size. If you want to make this a legit lunch, add some grilled chicken.