Recipe: Fresh Market's Strawberry Vinaigrette and Luscious Lemon Sauce

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In honor of berry season and The Fresh Market's 35th anniversary, The Fresh Market's Culinary Expert, Sheri Castle, shared two berry-inspired recipes on Morning Break.

Crisp Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (Makes six servings)

Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup grapeseed oil or vegetable oil


  • 8 cups butter lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans or almonds
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste


For the vinaigrette: Purée the berries, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender.

With the blender running, drizzle in the oil. You can make this vinaigrette up to 1 day ahead.  Store covered and refrigerated.  Return to room temperature before serving.

For the salad: Divide the greens on a platter or among serving plates. Drizzle with some of the vinaigrette. Scatter the nuts and bits of cheese over the salad. Season with pepper. Serve immediately with the remaining vinaigrette on the side.

Pound Cake and Berries with Luscious Lemon Sauce (Makes eight servings)


  • 1 cup lemon curd
  • 1 (8-ounce) container crème fraiche

Vanilla or Lemon Pound Cake

1 pint fresh berries


For the sauce: Whisk together the lemon curd and mascarpone in a small bowl until very smooth and creamy. Serve at room temperature.  Store covered and refrigerated for up to one week. Return to room temperature and stir well before serving.

To assemble: Cut the cake into 8 slices. Top with a couple of spoonsful of the lemon sauce and a small handful of berries. Serve at once.

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