By Jen Wead
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Jen Wead is a Florida native who has been catering
events of all sizes for over 20 years. In addition to mothering
and writing this column, Jen teaches healthy cooking
classes for Humana Community Partners and has
recently started a new endeavor in the insurance industry.
Jen loves building relationships through food and
throughout her community.
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Wish Farms Strawberry
Balsamic Glazed Salmon
SStrawberry season always signals the beginning of the warm,
beautiful weather that hits right before the sweltering summer in
Florida. The Florida State Fair kicks off the state’s circuit, fol-
Florida Strawberry Festival was jam packed with some of the
county’s best rides, entertainers, music, art and animals. I go for
the food. The fair food is top notch and some of it is down-right
gourmet. Not to mention, there were mass quantities of traditional
strawberry shortcake served at several of the strawberry
huts on the grounds.
During Strawberry Season, which is also coincidentally
everything. We make jelly, desserts, freeze them for smoothies
and eat them freshly washed and trimmed, in big bowls, shared
with my son. Wish Farms, a local grower and distributor, has an
extensive recipe collection on their website wishfarms.com. Not
only do they include dessert recipes, but cocktails and savory
dishes. This recipe is from their site and uses Florida’s favorite
delicious berry to glaze salmon. I love the versatility because,
after all, berries aren’t just for
breakfast or dessert. Cheers!
WISH FARMS STRAWBERRY
BALSAMIC GLAZED SALMON
Pinch of salt
Fresh cracked black pepper
Little bit of oil for baking
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
5 tsp brown sugar
4 large strawberries
3 large Wish Farms strawberries, sliced
1/2 shallot thinly sliced
2 Tbsp feta cheese crumbles
Preheat the oven to 425. Season salmon with some salt and
a bit of pepper and rub with olive oil. Start making glaze as you
are preheating the oven. Heat up a sauce pot over medium heat.
Add balsamic vinegar to the sauce pot and stir in brown sugar,
after that add the strawberries and shallots. Simmer, stirring
often, until it’s cooked down to half the amount. Take off heat
and let rest. Brush salmon with balsamic glaze on the top and
sides. Bake salmon for 13-15 minutes and watch closely. Take
salmon out and brush it generously with more balsamic glaze.
Arrange arugula, sliced strawberries, thinly sliced shallots, and
feta cheese crumbles on a dish. Place salmon on top of the salad
and drizzle a little bit of balsamic glaze on the salad. Enjoy!
The author, Jen
Wead, above, in
a photo taken by
These berries were
Festival, as was
her henna tattoo.