Math Geek meets Home Cook . I created Erique Berry Co. to share all the positive and inspiring experiences I come across daily. Those experiences come in the form of cooking, loving, learning, and living in Charlotte, NC.
June 15, 2020
I’m participating in the 2020 Juneteenth Cookout Takeover. This initiative was established to encourage the celebration of Juneteenth – a jubilee of freedom to commemorate the end of slavery – and to amplify the food traditions of black culinary creatives.
Juneteenth (a merge of the words/date June Nineteenth) marks the date in 1865 that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom.
And for over 150 years since, Black American families, home-cooks, chefs, and culinarians have commemorated the summer holiday with a wide range of food traditions that tell a story of the perseverance of a people.
Juneteenth has a special place in my heart because of my mother. Growing up in Winston-Salem, NC my mom would drag my sister and me to different Juneteenth festivals around the city. I enjoy the festivals every year because of the live music, endless dancing, and the joy floating in the air. Juneteenth is about community and I am thrilled to participate in the #JuneteenthCookout with some of my favorite food bloggers.
How did I get to a three green salad? I have a thing for collards and kale, and I usually fix a big ole pot of greens every weekend. But after a visit, Charlotte’s Uptown farmers market and grabbing kale, collard, and mustard greens, I wanted to enjoy these leafy greens in a new way. That new way came in the form of a summer salad topped with all my favorite summer ingredients like strawberries, shallots, walnuts, and goat cheese. Yum!
This salad is extremely easy to make but full of flavor and texture. The key to pulling this salad off is massaging the raw greens in warm salt water to tenderize them. This salad is the perfect addition to any summer meal because it feels like summer but also is hearty. Remember to your favorite toppings to this salad there are no rules to this! Enjoy!
Check out this article with 50+ Juneteenth inspired recipes!