Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

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Strawberry Balsamic Dressing- fresh strawberries and a short list of pantry staples are all that's needed for a dressing that's sure to become a family favorite!

Fresh strawberries and a short list of pantry staples are all that’s needed for a dressing that’s sure to become a family favorite! 🍓

 

 

Longer, warmer days mean one thing: strawberry season is coming soon. Before long, we’ll be savoring the sweet, red, juicy gems in  Mom’s Classic Shortcake  (or a healthy gluten-free alternative) jams, sauces and salads (and by the handful, of course).

Last spring, I enjoyed the most heavenly strawberry salad at a local restaurant. The actual salad components weren’t anything unusual, but oh my, THE DRESSING!!!  

When meeting friends for lunch, I found myself suggesting this spot so I could order the salad and try to figure out what was in that dressing.

I’m sharing my copycat recipe now, so you have it in hand when the first of the berries appear. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to enjoy it on repeat all season long.

Ultimately, my version is different than the restaurant version. It’s a more vibrant shade of pink-and dare I say just a bit tastier?

The restaurant actually uses jam in their vinaigrette, and while I did experiment over and over with this ingredient, fresh strawberries yielded the brightest flavor and offered just the right amount of natural sweetness to offset the tangy balsamic.

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing- fresh strawberries and a short list of pantry staples are all that's needed for a dressing that's sure to become a family favorite!

I briefly considered sharing this dressing alongside the salad that I’ve now made many, many times. While that is coming soon, (Update, THIS is it!) I felt strongly that this dressing is worthy of its own post.

My boys adore this salad and have literally consumed their recommended daily veggie servings via this singular, flavor-packed salad.

While I encourage you to repeatedly enjoy the dressing on a variety of salads throughout the season, I’d also love for you to share the new and interesting ways you may put it to use. 

As a final note, don’t let the need for a blender turn you off. Though this appliance (or a food processor) is needed to achieve the smooth, creamy consistency, it takes just a minute to whip up and one batch will serve you well for up to two weeks of worth of salads. (The vinegar acts as a preservative, maintaining the freshness and vibrant color quite well.)

Favorite Strawberry Salad-The luxuriously creamy (yet healthy!) sweet-tart dressing makes this seasonal salad a standout. Virtually any protein will complete the meal.

Click here or on the photo for my Favorite Strawberry Salad recipe that pairs so well with this dressing.

While experimenting with the dressing recently, I reached for a bottle of white balsamic vinegar and found it to be a delightful alternative to the red standby. When used, the color of the dressing will be a lighter shade of pink and the flavor, though slightly different, will be equally delicious.

Notice the different shades of red/pink in the jar behind the salad ⇧⇧ and in the closeup photo⇩⇩.

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing- fresh strawberries and a short list of pantry staples are all that's needed for a dressing that's sure to become a family favorite!

 

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
Yield: 1+ cup
Fresh strawberries and a short list of pantry staples are all that's needed for a dressing that's sure to become a family favorite!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (5-6 ounces) fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) balsamic vinegar* (no need for aged or “good” balsamic)
  • 1/4 cup (56ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (20g) pure maple syrup (could substitute honey)
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill
Instructions
  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon, salt and pepper until smooth. Scrape down the sides once or twice as needed.
  2. The dressing can be made in advance and will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. There will be enough dressing for several salads.
Notes

*I recently made this dressing with white balsamic vinegar in place of regular balsamic with outstanding results. Feel free to try both ways or with whichever you have on hand.

The Fountain Avenue Kitchen https://fountainavenuekitchen.com/

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  1. Marci Longenecker

    Looks like another winning recipe to me! I am very anxious to try this strawberry dressing… it looks wonderful! However, my salads are boring and unworthy so I need your salad recipe ASAP.
    Thanks.
    Marci

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    1. Ann Post author

      Thank you, Marci, and the salad will be my next post. (If you can’t wait, email me and I’ll send it your way sooner. 🙂 )

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  2. jane link

    Will have to try this with the White Balsamic that I never know what to use it in except the original recipe I got it for( and now can’t find!)

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  3. Helen Post author

    I finally got a chance to make this, but didn’t use the sweetener (because I’m trying to cut back on sweeteners!), and it’s great without as well!

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