Strawberry Honey Sweetgrass Vinaigrette Salad

Sweetgrass is an aromatic herb and is also a sacred medicine symbolizing healing and peace. It’s a grass with long soft leaves that grows from 1-3 feet tall. The grass is often gathered and dried, then the leaves are braided together for smudging. The 3 sections of the braid represent mind, body and spirit to some Indigenous peoples and in other traditions the 3 sections also symbolize love, kindness and honesty. Smudging invites good spirits and positive energy. Sweetgrass grows across North America and Northern Europe, below the Arctic Circle.  

Sweetgrass is such a powerful medicine. The inspiration for this recipe is to highlight the beauty of the sweet grass. I want to share the positive energy from the sweetgrass through food.

- Chef Stephanie

Meet The Chef

Steph Baryluk 

Chef Steph is Teetl'it Gwich'in from Teetl'it Zheh (Fort McPherson), Treaty 11 Territory located in the Northwest Territories. She now resides in Tsawwassen, BC with her husband and two kids. After completing her Red Seal as a Cook she knew she wanted to do more with her Indigenous roots. Chef Steph has hosted cooking classes and speaking engagements in her hometown and launched her own company, MRS B’S JERKY, which is a play on traditional caribou dried meat ‘Nilii Gaii’ but made with beef. She’s excited for the next steps with Indigenous cuisine.