Make this refreshing strawberry vinaigrette in under 5 minutes and using 5 ingredients. This sweet and tart salad dressing is super versatile in its use (vegan, gluten-free).
About This Recipe
Strawberry vinaigrette is an interesting twist to the regular vinaigrette where ripe, sweet, and tangy strawberries added to it.
This quick and simple strawberry vinaigrette dressing gets ready in under 5 minutes using 5 simple ingredients. Use fresh or frozen strawberries to make this sweet and tart salad dressing.
This strawberry balsamic vinaigrette is healthier and economical than the store-bought one. You know what is going into it and can customize the recipe as per your taste preferences. There is no added preservatives, no color, and no chemical in the homemade version. Isn’t it reason enough to make a batch at home?
The best part is that this strawberry balsamic dressing is super versatile. Use it as a salad dressing, dipping sauce, marinade, etc for a summery fruity flavor.
This strawberry vinaigrette is,
- Contains no refined sugar
- Quick and simple
- Low calorie
- Better than the store-bought one
Strawberries – Get your hands on those bright red and juicy strawberries. Avoid the ones that have soft patches or black marks. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries to make this dressing.
Oil – In this particular recipe, I have used extra virgin olive oil but you can use any good cold-pressed oil of your choice. Try experimenting with flaxseed oil, avocado oil, grape seed oil, or even sesame oil.
Acid – Balsamic vinegar makes a great pair with strawberries and that is why I have used it in this recipe. But feel free to use vinegar like apple cider vinegar, sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, etc.
Citrus juice along with vinegar also adds a nice flavor profile to vinaigrettes and you must definitely explore adding them.
Maple syrup – To add a slight hint of sweetness, add in some maple syrup. You can also use honey or agave syrup.
Seasoning – I have kept the seasoning basic to salt and pepper. Go ahead and try adding garlic powder, red pepper flakes, herbs, dijon mustard, etc.
Play with the seasonings for a new flavor profile each time you make this recipe.
How to make Strawberry Vinaigrette?
Start by preparing the strawberries. Wash 8 oz strawberries and chop off their top leafy part. Cut the strawberries into slices.
If using frozen strawberries, thaw them until they are softened.
Add the chopped strawberries, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp crushed black pepper into the small jar of a blender.
Blend until smooth. And tada! your strawberry balsamic vinaigrette is ready. Store it in a glass bottle and refrigerate until use. Shake well before using.
Frequently Asked Questions
Strawberry balsamic vinaigrette has a very interesting flavor profile. It is slightly sweet and tart from the strawberries, acidic from the balsamic vinegar and there is a hint of salt balancing out the whole thing. It’s a perfect dressing to go with any salad.
Fruity, tangy, and subtly sweet, this easy balsamic strawberry vinaigrette is of its kind dressing that lends all the fine flavors to your salads, try it super soon!
When fresh strawberries are not available and you feel like making this vinaigrette, just add 2 tbsp of strawberry jam in place of strawberries and skip the sweetener. Keep the rest of the process the same and you will get a great vinaigrette in no time.
You can pour the dressing over salads. It tastes amazingly good in green salads such as spinach salad, kale salad, etc. I like to pour it over my strawberry walnut salad, Mediterranean quinoa salad, and cucumber avocado salad.
This also works great over a bowl full of chilled mix fruits or grilled veggies.
Use it as a sandwich spread or dipping sauce.
You can also use it to marinate your meat – chicken/pork. It also makes a great holiday homemade gift. I am sure your friends and family will be very happy when they see this sweet-tart dressing as a gift.
It’s best to make this dressing fresh. You can refrigerate it for a maximum of 3 days if you made an excess of it. Store it in an air-tight container and always use a clean dry spoon to take out the dressing from the container.
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Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe
- 8 ounces strawberries
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper
- Start by preparing the strawberries. Wash 8 oz strawberries and chop off their top leafy part. Cut the strawberries into slices.
- If using frozen strawberries, thaw them until they are softened.
- Add the chopped strawberries, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp crushed black pepper into the small jar of a blender.
- Blend until smooth. And tada! your strawberry vinaigrette is ready. Store it in a glass bottle and refrigerate until use. Shake well before using.