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Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Fresh and flavor packed salad with an incredible strawberry balsamic vinaigrette

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword balsamic vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 and 1/2 cups dressing
Calories 285 kcal
Author Jessica Gavin, reprinted with permission

Ingredients

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Berry Salad

  • 5 ounces Spring Mix Salad
  • 1 ripe large peach, sliced into wedges (pit removed)
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup honey roasted sliced almonds (I buy these pre-made at Smith's/Kroger!)
  • 1/3 cup goat or feta cheese

Instructions

Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

  1. Add the strawberries, water, balsamic vinegar, shallots, mustard, honey, salt and pepper to a blender. Blend on high until a smooth puree is formed, 10 seconds.

  2. With a blender running on medium speed, slowly add the olive oil in a thin stream. The dressing should be thickened and emulsified as the vinaigrette is achieved. Taste the vinaigrette and adjust the seasoning as desired.

  3. Cover and refrigerate the vinaigrette until ready to serve. It is best to use the dressing the same day. Vinaigrette can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Salad

  1. Wash and completely dry fruit. In a large bowl add the mixed green lettuce. Top with sliced peaches, sliced strawberries, blueberries, almonds and feta/goat cheese. Right before serving add the desired amount of dressing to the lettuce (you likely won't use it all!)

  2. IF you are making this ahead of time, do not add the almonds, cheese, or dressing. Those ingredients don't sit well with this salad. Additionally, if you plan on having leftovers, only add almonds, cheese, and dressing to the portions that will get finished in the same day.