May 30, 2011

Strawberry Citrus Salad

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Today was an amazing day. Great friends, beautiful weather and deliciously light food. 

Paul is in the Army so I always like to highlight Memorial Day with some small gesture that we can celebrate his sacrifices for our country and then indulge and enjoy in gorgeous days like today. 

This salad was the perfect carry-on to our afternoon getaway. This was the first year in a long time that Paul hasn't been in the Memorial Day parade so we took the whole morning to sleep in, took our time getting ready,  tossed together this quick healthy salad and headed out the door to relax by the water. Our friends have a house on the lake nearby so we decided to picnic out on their dock until their cousin came over with the brand new pontoon boat and we all took a long afternoon ride.

Memorial day was spent in bathing suits under the sun with beers in hand just cruising around the lake. I was such a selfish relaxing day that we were taking full advantage of. Days like this in perfect weather with my wonderful man...and of course my delicious and light fruit salad, made for nothing short of a perfect day.

God Bless America and God Bless our soldiers... to those serving and who have served, you are our true American heroes! <3

Strawberry Citrus Salad
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno


3 cups sliced hulled strawberries
3 large navel oranges, peeled, thickly sliced crosswise

1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

The best way to hull strawberries is with a fork to ripe out the stems while salvaging the majority of the strawberry.
Toss all ingredients in large bowl.

Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes and then ready to serve.

And then of course, I would like to dedicate this blog post to the love of my life SSG Holko.
All you have done for this country and all that you still do, you amaze and surprise me everyday. You are my true hero and no one could be prouder of the man you have become than I am. 
I love you... and Thank you!
"A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him"
(Paul's second tour in Iraq in 2008)

I love you Paul, Happy Memorial Day!!!!!!!


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