Strawberries = summertime

Monday , June 04, 2012 - 2:46 PM

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RENEE BROCK/McClatchy-TribuneA strawberry salad is a great alternative to a fruit plate....

C.W. Cameron

Strawberries are the luscious start to spring and summer's bounty of gorgeous, juicy fruit. Chefs greet their arrival with creative juices flowing.

"I'm not sure if there is a more luxurious fruit than a strawberry. Who can resist strawberries and champagne, strawberries and chocolate (or) strawberries and very vanilla whipped cream?" said chef Todd Richards of the Cafe at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

This recipe was created by Richards, who finds that using medium strawberries instead of large ones gives the syrup a more concentrated flavor.

This is the second year the salad has been on the menu at the cafe; Richards finds his clients enjoy the salad for breakfast in place of a regular fruit plate.

In the photo, the salad is garnished with tiny basil leaves and peanut brittle.

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