Fresh strawberries and angel food cake add a fun twist to this Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad. It is the perfect sweet salad to share at any picnic or summer barbecue.
*This post was sponsored by the California Strawberry Commission. Travel, accommodations, and meals were all covered. I was also compensated to share about the trip.
A few weeks ago the California Strawberry Commission invited me to Pismo Beach, California to attend their #12Reasons to Love CA Strawberries – Farm Tour and Culinary Event.
The first day I arrived at the Dolphin Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa and was awestruck at the gorgeous view in front of me! I couldn’t wait to go for a walk before dinner and check out the views and the beach. Then it was time to head to the restaurant to meet the others on the tour. We enjoyed drinks overlooking the water and then a delicious strawberry inspired dinner.
The next morning we started out the day with a delicious fruit salad and the most amazing strawberry scones. I cannot wait to make those scones in my own kitchen! We also listened to a presentation about strawberry farming. One of the things that was brought up was the “Dirty Dozen” list.
Have you heard about this list that the Environmental Working Group puts out each year regarding pesticide residue on produce? We were given some interesting thoughts regarding this. People avoid eating fruits and vegetables because of unnecessary fear that is brought on by lists like these. Did you know that a woman my age could consume over 2,000 servings of strawberries per day without any pesticide effects. Of course there might be other stomach issues from eating that many strawberries in one single day, so I don’t recommend that anyway. You can visit SafeFruitsandVeggies.com for more information regarding this.
Our bodies need fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of things like obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Do not avoid these foods because of a list that is generated to scare people into choosing different foods at the grocery store. It is important to make sure you are getting those healthy veggies and fruits in your diet, whether it is conventional or organic.
After breakfast we headed to Providence Farms where we met Tom and Ruth Jones. They shared with us about their farm and how labor intensive strawberries are. They provide many jobs for people in the area and keep their workers happy with benefits and sick time.
We learned about small immature plants and how these plants need to have the flowers removed so the plant can grow larger before producing strawberries. This is all done by hand. Acres and acres of strawberry plants get this loving care.
We were able to pick as many berries as we wanted from the fields. Warm strawberries from the sun are seriously the best! They have so much flavor, juice, and vitamin C. Did you know that strawberries actually have more vitamin C than oranges? That was just one of the tidbits I came home with.
After a delicious lunch at Presq’uile Winery, we headed to L&G Farms where we met Farmer Luis Chavez. He shared with us how he started with just a few acres many years ago and how it has grown to almost 300 acres with 300 workers. We were able to pick more strawberries before heading back to our resort.
Of course I had to share about all the amazing strawberry inspired foods that we ate. This is just a few of my favorites that we had over the 2 days. I enjoyed fruit salad, french toast with strawberries, strawberry scones, crostini with goat cheese & strawberry salsa, strawberry salad, salmon with strawberry salsa, strawberry shortcake in a jar, Summer Breeze with rum and strawberries, creme brûlée with strawberries and an oatmeal cookie stick, strawberry meringue tarts, and so much more. There was definitely not a shortage of good food on this trip.
I came home with strawberries on the brain, and I couldn’t wait to add them into another fun treat for my family to enjoy. Earlier this year I made this banana split fluff salad, and now I can’t get fluff salads off my mind. I seriously have like 5 other ones I want to make, but I am trying to spare you from my fluff salad obsession by spacing them out over time.
Fresh strawberries and angel food cake chunks stirred into a creamy pudding fluff mixture makes a fun take on shortcake in a refreshing salad. Cutting the cake and berries is really the longest part of this whole recipe. The pudding, milk, and Cool Whip whisks together in no time at all. Stir it all together and refrigerate until you need to serve it. This is a delicious addition to any summer dinner. Think of it as getting your vitamin C for the day. Wink, wink.
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*I was provided with an all expense paid trip to Pismo Beach, CA through the California Strawberry Commission. They also compensated me for my time creating this post and recipe. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you so much for letting me share brands and companies that I believe in.