How to Make Strawberry Basil Dressing From Scratch

Ready to give your salads a major summer glow-up? Say hello to the Strawberry Basil Dressing – it’s like sunshine in a bottle! This dressing is all about fresh vibes and bold flavors. We’re talking ripe strawberries and fragrant basil straight from the garden (or the grocery), blended into a vibrant, zesty vinaigrette that’s ridiculously easy to make.

So, if you’re whipping up a quick lunch or hosting the ultimate summer bash, this vinaigrette is guaranteed to bring the freshness you’re looking for. So, grab your blender and let’s get started.

Ingredients for Your Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Equipment You’ll Need

  • Blender or food processor
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Airtight container for storage

Directions To Make The Strawberry Basil Dressing

  1. Blend: In a blender, combine the strawberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, water, and basil leaves. Blend until the mixture is smooth and the basil is finely incorporated.
  2. Taste and Adjust: Give your vinaigrette a taste test. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. If you prefer a thinner consistency, feel free to add a bit more water.
  3. Serve or Store: Drizzle this vibrant vinaigrette over your favorite salad mix or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Remember to give it a good shake before using it again.

Substitutions

  • Sweetener Swap: If you’re looking for a lower-calorie option or want to have a sugar alternative, you can substitute the honey or maple syrup with a few drops of liquid stevia or a sprinkle of monkfruit sweetener. Adjust the sweetness to your liking.
  • Vinegar Variety: Not a fan of balsamic vinegar? Try red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a different flavor profile.

Perfect Sides to Pair

This Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette is not just a dressing; it’s a flavor enhancer that can transform any salad into a summer masterpiece. Here are some perfect pairings to get you started:

  • Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese Salad: The sweetness of the strawberries and the tanginess of the goat cheese create a harmonious balance. Add some toasted walnuts or pecans for a crunchy texture.
  • Grilled Chicken Salad: Marinate your chicken in a bit of the vinaigrette before grilling. Then, slice it and serve it atop a bed of fresh greens, cucumbers, and avocado slices. The smoky flavor of the chicken pairs beautifully with the bright notes of the vinaigrette.
  • Summer Fruit Salad: Combine slices of fresh peaches, nectarines, and plums with a handful of berries. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top for a refreshing and light dessert or side dish.
  • Caprese Salad with a Twist: Layer slices of fresh mozzarella and ripe tomatoes, then drizzle with the vinaigrette instead of the traditional balsamic glaze. Add some fresh basil leaves for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Quinoa Salad: Mix cooked quinoa with diced bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and black beans. The strawberry basil vinaigrette adds a sweet and tangy element that elevates this protein-packed salad.
  • Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad: The earthiness of the beets combined with the peppery arugula is a match made in heaven. The vinaigrette adds a fruity note that complements the salad beautifully.
  • Grilled Vegetable Platter: Brush a variety of vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant with the vinaigrette before grilling. Serve the grilled veggies with a side of the vinaigrette for dipping.

Variations to Try

  • Citrus Twist: Add a splash of lemon or lime juice for an extra zing.
  • Creamy Dream: For a creamier texture, blend in half an avocado.
  • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes for a subtle kick.

Tips on Perfecting Your Vinaigrette

  • Berries: Opt for ripe, sweet strawberries for the best flavor. If strawberries are out of season, frozen ones can work in a pinch.
  • Basil: Fresh basil is key. Start with the recommended amount and adjust according to your taste preferences.
  • Consistency: The beauty of homemade vinaigrette is that you can adjust the thickness to suit your needs. Add water gradually until you reach your desired consistency.

Wrapping It Up

This Strawberry Basil Dressing Vinaigrette is such a great salad dressing; it’s an awesome mix of fresh, vibrant flavors. If perfect if you’re looking to impress guests at a dinner party or simply want to add a touch of elegance to your everyday meals, this vinaigrette is sure to impress and most importantly taste delicious.

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Strawberry Basil Dressing

Ready to give your salads a major summer glow-up? Say hello to the Strawberry Basil Dressing – it’s like sunshine in a bottle! This dressing is all about fresh vibes and bold flavors. We’re talking ripe strawberries and fragrant basil straight from the garden (or the grocery), blended into a vibrant, zesty vinaigrette that’s ridiculously easy to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Airtight container for storage

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries hulled and halved
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Blend: In a blender, combine the strawberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, water, and basil leaves. Blend until the mixture is smooth and the basil is finely incorporated.
  • Taste and Adjust: Give your vinaigrette a taste test. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. If you prefer a thinner consistency, feel free to add a bit more water.
  • Serve or Store: Drizzle this vibrant vinaigrette over your favorite salad mix or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Remember to give it a good shake before using it again.

Notes

Sweetener Swap: If you’re looking for a lower-calorie option, you can substitute the honey or maple syrup with a few drops of liquid stevia or a sprinkle of monkfruit sweetener. Adjust the sweetness to your liking.
Vinegar Variety: Not a fan of balsamic vinegar? Try red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a different flavor profile.
Keyword dressing, strawberry

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