Learn how to make Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing right at home with this quick, easy, fresh and healthy recipe!
Ever wondered if you can learn how to make strawberry balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing at home? Probably not exactly, but I’m guessing you’ve considered making your own salad dressing. Homemade dressings are much fresher than store bought plus you control all the ingredients that go into it. And I can’t even begin to express how easy it is to make. Well, yes I can. It’s SO easy. You’ll see. Now, because we don’t use any special preservatives, the dressing won’t last as long as store bought versions, which is why we make small batches at a time.
I use white balsamic vinegar instead of the more widely know dark balsamic in this recipe. If you don’t have white, you can substitute the dark balsamic vinegar, but I highly recommend using white. The darker balsamic vinegar tends to be slightly sweeter and more syrupy. The white is made using white grapes cooked at lower temperatures, and is typically mixed with white wine vinegar. It has a more clean, crisp taste than your traditional dark aged. Which is exactly why I prefer it in this recipe. Both versions are wonderful, but the light, refreshing quality of the white balsamic vinegar complements the sweet strawberries perfectly. To amp it up even more? Use a grapefruit infused white balsamic vinegar. It’s amazing.
TIP: Grapefruit infused white balsamic vinegar is also great as a salad dressing when used on it’s own.
I know what your wondering. Where the heck do I find grapefruit infused white balsamic vinegar? Well, there are so many stores out there nowadays that carry balsamic vinegar in an array of different flavors. I typically buy from a local San Diego store, but this version from Amazon is pretty good as well (note this is an affiliate link – I make a small commission off any sales resulting from clicking this link. That commission helps me to keep this website up and running!):
“But Danielle, I don’t really like grapefruit.” It’s ok, there are so many different flavors out there that would be awesome in this dressing. Try a lemon, blood orange, peach, strawberry, etc. I can honestly say that I rarely use the dark vinegar any more unless I am using it on red meat.
This recipe is as easy as you can get. Seriously. I know I say that a lot on here, but I really mean it. When I first considered making my own dressing, I wasn’t very excited about it. I thought it would be more work than it was worth, but boy was I wrong. It’s worth it. The flavors are more intense, tasting far more bright and fresh than store bought versions. And did I say it was easy?
Combine the sliced strawberries and vinegar and let them macerate for 30 minutes to an hour. Letting them macerate brings out the natural juices of the strawberry. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Related Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad (coming soon)
Now if you thought there would be more to it than that, you’re right. Pour it on a salad and enjoy. There, that’s the end of it. Once you learn how to make strawberry balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing at home, you are ready to start experimenting with all kinds of dressings! Just imagine the possibilities….
Or wait for my next recipe. It’s coming. I’ll give you a hint, it uses mango….
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