Strawberry Cucumber Salad with a light honey balsamic dressing that's perfect for warm summery nights  ohsweetbasil.com

It’s that time of year again. The time that we all take a moment to remember the women that have given up their own selfish desires just so that we could live, experience all that life has to offer, love and be loved. I know I certainly have a lot to thank my mother for, and my husband’s mother as he is wonderful, which means she must be as well. If you want to give the perfect Mother’s Day gift, get her the Rosanna bowl (or another) pictured above, filled to the top with this beautiful salad and just go spend an afternoon with your mom, leaving the bowl as her gift. (No, I wasn’t paid to say that, but I did receive this pretty bowl from Rosanna and loved it so much I thought you should too)

But, enough about that… let’s move on to the good stuff. My mom, Carolyn was born and raised in good ol’ Idaho. Jerome to be exact, though there’s a huge chance you’ve never even heard of it. She was the daughter of a farmer and World War II vet.   Mom loved living on a farm and told us a dozen or so stories about, “Ducky Lucky” little lambs and her brother crying that the lambs would lose their tails, playing in the ditch out back with cucumber boats, learning to ride a horse and laying in the tall fields watching the clouds slowly move across the big, blue sky. Sounds heavenly doesn’t it?

Strawberry Cucumber Salad with a light honey balsamic dressing that's perfect for warm summery nights  ohsweetbasil.com

 My Mother in law, on the other hand, was raised clear across the country in North Carolina. Nancy grew up in a place that had the best of both worlds, beautiful, lush mountains and weather and the gorgeous beach and ocean.  Nancy is a true southern belle. She loves the people around her and gets to know each person and their story. She also has a cute little southern accent and says funny words like, “pocket book” for purse and “buggy” for shopping cart.

 

Strawberry Cucumber Salad with a light honey balsamic dressing that's perfect for warm summery nights  ohsweetbasil.com

 This salad is a perfect way to celebrate both of the mothers in our lives. It’s beautiful and wonderful, just like both of the lovely ladies that raised us. And while I can still hardly believe this myself, I’m now a mother, and it is truly the greatest thing I’ve ever done. There’s no one who sacrifices or loves like a mother does for her children. It’s kind of like that favorite book of mine, I’ll Love You Forever” and the sweet song that portrays perfectly how we feel about our children and our mothers. “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be” I love that we have this special holiday to remember those who have sacrificed so much to bring us into the world and surround us with love and protection.

 

Here’s to the women in my life. I adore each of you and your examples to me.

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 Salad Bowl

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

A delicious and refreshing salad that's perfect for spring or summer. Strawberries, cucumbers and a honey balsamic dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pint Strawberries, sliced in circles
  • 1 Large or 2 small Cucumbers, peeled leaving occasional strips of peel on, sliced in circles
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey

Instructions

  1. Mix the balsamic vinegar and honey in a small bowl.
  2. Arrange the strawberries and cucumbers in a bowl, layering one slightly overlapping the other like a fan. Pour the dressing over the top.
  3. See note*

Notes

This salad is delicious served right away, or after sitting in the fridge to mellow out the flavor.

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