Attention Pittsburghers! If you are interested in baking up some treats (granola, baked goods, chocolate-covered goodies, etc) for the Great American Bake Sale, please contact me! The bake sale is on April 17th, and will be outside a local Giant Eagle. If you can help out or bake some treats, please contact me at You can also sign up here. I promise we will have a blast!


Mr. How Sweet was away this week, so that means I had free reign of the kitchen.

Well, I always have free reign of the kitchen, but if dinner doesn’t include chicken or steak, I’ve practically got a toddler on my hands.

For Mr. How Sweet, salad does not a dinner make.


And usually for me, salad doesn’t make a dinner either.

But when I include a lot of non-veggie items, salads are for me


Fruit and cheese are a must in my salads.

So is bacon.

Not much – maybe just 1/2 of a slice of bacon, crumbled.

Shockingly, there is no bacon in my house right now.

I know. It’s pretty much a sin.


Figs are another salad must-have for me.

I can rarely find fresh figs here, unless they are in season. Even then, I can only find them for a few weeks.

Dried figs taste like dessert to me. Which is surprising, since dessert for me usually include mounds of chocolate and cheesecake. And sometimes I eat bacon for dessert, too. Duh.


I am in love with these marinated strawberries.

Sure, I can be dramatic, but these are really, really, really delicious. I am thinking they would be fabulous in crepes. Or ice cream.

And if I can find a way to eat them with bacon, I will.


Marinated Strawberries

1 cup sliced strawberries

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

Toss strawberries with vinegar and sugar. Let sit for 1-2 hours.


Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Serves 2

4 cups romaine & spring green mix lettuce

2 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced

2 oz walnuts, chopped

4 dried figs, chopped

Combine all ingredients together. Top with you favorite salad dressing. My current favorite is this.



Now that Mr. How Sweet is back in town, my nights of eating fruit, s’mores, and chips for dinner are over.

It was fun while it lasted.

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71 Responses to “Fresh Mozzarella and Marinated Strawberry Salad.”

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    diva — April 8, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    I too love macerated strawberries! Simply the best thing. Although sometimes if i can’t bother to let them sit and soak up that lovely sweetened balsamic, I have a bottle of fancy balsamic glaze (forest berry-infused, yea totally) that I drizzle straight onto strawbs from the punnet. Ridiculously good. Yum looking salad, and good luck with the bake sale! x


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    Lele — April 8, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    Why don’t boys ever approve of salad for dinner? So silly.


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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 8, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    love me some berries with my greens, yum!

    ok too weird i just started following my trainer (scott) on twitter and i saw at tweet between you and him (it’s alyson who does his tweets he told me)…what a small world! (not blogging bout his website b/c it’s too stalkerish, dont want ppl knowing exactly who I see and when LOL)


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    Jessica Lee — April 8, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    Unrelated, I just read on Caitlin’s blog that you can do 64 push-ups in a row. OMG! You’re amazing.

    And that salad looks wonderful.


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    Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble — April 8, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    Looks like a deliciously yummy summery salad. Yum!


  6. #
    Ellen — April 8, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

    Beautiful AND simple, love it. So many food bloggers make things with a gazillion ingredients and it always makes me sad because my pathetic bank account can’t afford to eat that way :/


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    Melinda — April 8, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    That looks great, and those strawberries looks so amazingly fresh.


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    Diane {} — April 9, 2010 @ 1:03 am

    Looks so delicious! I love when strawberries are in season they make a salad so special.


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    zurin — April 9, 2010 @ 2:17 am

    the salad looks so pretty. I have never had the chance to try fresh figs or the dried ones either. Perhaps its time i shd. The colors are truly lovely ~ a treat for the eyes as well!


  10. #
    Miz — April 9, 2010 @ 3:32 am

    I miss the Burgh.
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    The Candid RD — April 9, 2010 @ 5:03 am

    When Nick is gone for the evening I am always eating crazy sweets and random snacks too!! It’s like I have free reign to eat whatever I want, without feeling guilty :) muahah! Not guilty for eating, but guilty because I yell at Nick for eating WAY TOO MUCH at night, so then when I do it…well…you get it.

    This salad looks so amazing Jessica, wow, you’ve outdone yourself!! It makes me excited for delicious summer salads. They’re coming soon!!


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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — April 9, 2010 @ 5:35 am

    I love that salad combo…fruit, nuts, cheese….ahhhh! Heaven!


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    Ashley — April 9, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    i was in williams sonoma one day and they had these balsalmic strawberries. They sounded awful to me until I tried them. I couldn’t believe how they enhanced the sweetness. GOT to make some soon :)


  14. #
    Michelle — April 9, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    Love salads like this and they always taste so good!


  15. #
    Amanda — April 9, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    My mouth was watering looking at those strawberries… WOW! That is one heck of an awesome salad!



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    Jolene ( — April 9, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    This salad is on the list for my next dinner party menu!!!! Thanks girl!!


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 9, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    Love the salad… I have made mozzarella and tomato salads, but have never tried strawberries. Sounds fantastic.


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    Dee — April 10, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    Love the look of the salad! I am going to make this beautiful salad and take it for lunch this week!


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    katie — April 10, 2010 @ 10:36 am

    i love you tons jess. i seriously look up to you! just saying. thank you for your lovely comments and AWESOME RECIPES!!



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