Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry balsamic vinaigrette recipeI need more salads in my life. Last summer, around this time, I went through a major salad phase. Big time. And after about of month, I got kind of burned out on salads. But they are so good for you! Lots of dark greens topped with other veggies, fruit, hard boiled eggs, nuts and dressing. I think my problem was that I didn't change it up often enough. I rarely strayed from my favorite dressings. This season I am resolved to try more dressings and find ways to make my own. This week I tried my hand at a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. It turned out awesome! Here's my version.Fresh strawberry vinaigrette dressing recipeStrawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette, makes 3/4 cup.

1 lb. fresh strawberries
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
a pinch of salt
1-2 teaspoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional, but do it!)

Remove the stems from the strawberries and cut in half. In a small pot combine the strawberries, sugar, salt and water. Heat over medium heat until the strawberries begin to soften and release their juices. Use an immersion blender to mash the strawberries into a paste (you could also use a blender or food processor).Making strawberry vinaigretteStrain the strawberry mixture through a fine mesh seive and allow to cool. Combine the strawberry juices with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and poppy seeds. Taste and add a little salt and pepper if needed.Best strawberry vinaigrette recipeStore any remaining dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Happy salad days! xo. Emma 

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  • This looks so delicious! I will try something like this with the ingredients I have available to me in Africa 🙂

  • I made this today and it was gorgeous! Thank you so much for the recipe xxx

  • Holy Yum!! I love anything with avocado so this is right up my ally. Thanks for sharing!

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  • I love seeing recipes that I actually have all the ingredients to make – doesn’t happen often. I can’t wait to try this!

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  • Sounds delicious. Will be giving this a try. Something a bit different.

  • I have never thought to make salad dressing with strawberry before! This sounds so refreshing and yummy!

  • yummy! i always love your recipes 🙂

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  • this looks absolutely delicious, will have to make it 🙂

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  • Yummy ! Must be delish with avocado…

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  • Looks yummy. I will have to try it. I recently had a salad with watermelon and feta at a restaurant here in Miami. I can’t explain how amazing it was. My husband made a face when I ordered it but after he tried it, he said “are you going to eat all of that? if not, pass it over!”

  • I can imagine this to be an amazing combo of sweet and savoury. Will be giving it a go 🙂
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  • This looks so good! Unfortunately strawberries are expensive in our country but this recipe is still worth adding to my list. 🙂

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  • I love strawberry and avocado salads! I’m pretty sure I ate this (with grilled chicken) every day last summer. I’ve never tried to make my own vinaigrette though. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Omg this looks sooo tasty! I’ve been trying to find different types of light salads and dressings for summer. I’m definitely trying this! – Janelle

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  • This looks so tasty. I am always trying to add new salads to my repertoire to keep things fresh – I will have to give this one a try!

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  • One of my favorite dressings. I like your recipe, but wonder if I can substitute sugar with brown sugar?

  • I always find that the Strawberry is to sweet for me, I just don’t love it on salads, but I keep trying to find other things to put it on.

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  • Oh my this looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Lovely photos.

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  • Delicious! I know what I’ll be having for my lunches next week!

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  • Definitely need to try strawberries in salad, i’ve never done that before and i’m a strawberry lover. This is a great post!

  • That looks absolutely delicious! I love strawberries on their own, in pastries, in smoothies, and the list goes on and on. Now I can make a dressing with them too!
    xx

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  • This sounds great! I love salads, and summer is the perfect time. But definitely having some different dressings is a great way to mix it up. Not trying to be an annoying linker, but here is a post I did for a delicious watercress and avocado salad. It’s so light and amazing! http://www.alwaysoverthinkingit.com/2012/12/watercress-avocado-and-hearts-of-palm.html

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  • That looks amazing!!!!! I must try this!

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  • This looks like a summer dream dinner. Add some fried goat cheese, and I’m totes in.

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  • Sounds and looks very good :))

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  • I’ve been looking for a Strawberry Vinaigrette recipe! This is perfect!

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  • Omg! Sounds amazing my dear! Yum!

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  • Oh, this dressing looks fabulous! I love vinaigrettes!

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  • I’ve never tried strawberries in a salad!! This looks awesome though.

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  • Ooh YUM!!
    I love using a berry balsamic vinaigrette with a spinach salad…maybe with some goat cheese crumbles on top. Mmm! This is odd…I’m craving a salad! Haha

  • I’m getting bored with my usual go-to salad dressing (balsamic, brown sugar, dijon mustard and olive oil), so I’m going to whip this one up tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  • mmmm fruit+balsamic is so so good. I love putting balsamic on chopped up watermelon, or mixing it as a dressing with orange marmalade!

  • This must taste great, strawberries AND avocado on the same plate equals perfect in my book! 🙂

  • I love berries in salads. and Avocado…I don’t think I could ever make a salad without avocado. Goes with everything!
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  • Sounds delicious! Do you think the same technique would work for other soft fruits like blueberries?

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