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The Gadarene Swine’s Strawberries & Champagne
Yield: Makes 1 serving
2 strawberries, sliced
1 oz Pickled Cucumber Noodles (recipe below)
¼ oz roasted pecans, chopped
⅛ cup green apple, cut into matchstick slivers
Sweet & Sour Onions (recipe below)
Strawberry & Champagne Gazpacho (recipe below)
Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
In a shallow bowl, arrange the sliced strawberries like shingles in two rows, leaving roughly an inch between them. Lay the Pickled Cucumber Noodles in the empty space between the strawberry rows. Top the noodles with the Sweet & Sour Onions and apples. Sprinkle the pecans in the bowl around the strawberries.
In a separate mixing bowl, toss the arugula with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Arrange the dressed arugula on top of the Pickled Cucumber Noodles.
Finally, pour the Strawberry & Champagne Gazpacho around the strawberries, making sure to leave them exposed.
Pickled Cucumber Noodles
Kale Marinade Ingredients
1 cup white distilled vinegar
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp sugar
½ tbsp sea salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
For the Kale Marinade: Whisk the vinegar and lemon juice together in a bowl. Season with sugar, sea salt and cayenne pepper. Reserve.
Remove the ends of the cucumber. Use the Vegetable Spiralizer or Zoodler to make your cucumber noodles. In a shallow bowl, marinate the cucumber noodles in the Kale Marinade.
Sweet & Sour Onions
1 red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
Sauté the red onion on high heat. Add the lime juice, sugar and salt immediately, stirring for about 1 minute (the onions will turn bright pink). Remove the onions from heat and transfer to a bowl, together with their juice. Refrigerate.
Strawberry & Champagne Gazpacho
2 cups strawberries
1 oz pineapple juice
2 oz champagne
½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz fresh Italian sweet basil
1 oz fresh mint
½ tsp granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
First blend the strawberries, basil and mint together. Then, add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Season the purée with sugar and salt, to taste. Strain and reserve in refrigerator.