Philadelphia has great food carts, especially in University City. One of my personal favorites is Chez Yasmine on 37th and Walnut Streets. It offers an assortment of restaurant quality healthy meals with complex flavors with French Tunisian influences. The tofu banh mi clinched it as a weekly lunch spot, but in the warmer months, I can't leave without a side of Swedish berry salad. At first glance, it looks like any other fruit salad, but with one bite, it becomes clear it's in a league of its own. A savory, herbal dressing balances the sweetness of the berries for a heightened flavor experience. I immediately wanted to recreate it at home, but with so many taste buds activated, it was tough to narrow down the dressing ingredients. Rosemary? Lavender? Honey? As it turns out, it was none of the above. I was surprised to learn the only addition to the fruit was rose water. Rose water is refreshing, slight savory and slightly sweet. As the name suggests, rose water is made with roses and has the distinctive floral smell. Most grocery stores stock it in either the international foods section or the baking aisle. Start by adding the smallest quantity of rose water below and increase based on your flavor preferences. If you try it, let me know what you think!
Serves 1 to 2
1 cup Assorted berries
1-3 tsp Rose water
Toss the berries with rose water just before serving.