You are going to love this strawberry basil vinaigrette recipe! It's so easy to make and is made with simple, delicious ingredients including fresh strawberries, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and fresh mint. It's the perfect summer salad dressing.
Why you will love this recipe:
- The flavour! This strawberry vinaigrette tastes amazing. Slightly sweet, a little tangy and perfectly contrasted by the fresh mint and basil.
- It's so quick and easy to make!
- This healthy salad dressing is made with simple ingredients including strawberries, balsamic vinegar, mint and basil.
- It stores really well so it's great for meal prep.
- This strawberry salad dressing is a great way to cut down on food waste because you don't need to remove the leaves or stems from the strawberries. You simply blend them into the dressing!
- Making your own salad dressing is a great way to save money on groceries.
- This homemade strawberry dressing is healthy! It's made with no added sugars and without any processed crop oils.
- This salad dressing recipe is dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan, Whole30 compliant, and is made with no added sugar.
- It's made with no mayo, no eggs, and no dairy.
Taste and texture:
This salad dressing is slightly sweet, a little tangy and full of flavour from the mint and basil. It's smooth and creamy and makes any type of salad taste amazing.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Fresh strawberries - strawberries form the base of this delicious salad dressing and provide flavour and natural sweetness. You don't even need to remove the stems or leaves from the strawberries - simply throw them into your blender whole.
- Mint - fresh mint leaves add such a delicious flavour to this salad dressing recipe. You can add as many as you like depending on how much you like mint.
- Basil - fresh basil contrasts perfectly with the balsamic vinegar and strawberries to give this dressing so much flavour. You can add as many basil leaves as you like depending on how much you like the taste of basil.
- Balsamic vinegar - balsamic vinegar helps add a little more sweetness and a little tang to this dressing. For different flavours you could use flavoured balsamic vinegar such as blueberry balsamic vinegar, peach balsamic vinegar or strawberry balsamic vinegar.
- Avocado oil - avocado oil is my favourite oil to make salad dressing with. It has a nice neutral flavour and is full of healthy fats. If you don't have avocado oil you can use olive oil instead.
How to make:
Blend everything well until you have a smooth salad dressing.
Serve and enjoy!
- If you are serving a crowd or want extra dressing, feel free to double or triple this recipe.
- You don't need to remove the stems or leaves from the strawberries for this recipe - simply throw them into the blender and they will get blended into the dressing (and you won't even be able to taste them).
- If you don't have fresh strawberries you can use frozen strawberries to make this salad dressing - just let them thaw before using them.
- This dressing will thicken in the fridge, so feel free to stir in a little more oil before serving it again.
Variations and add ins:
- For a thinner dressing add a bit more oil.
- You can add as many mint leaves and basil leaves as you like to this dressing depending on the flavour you prefer.
- To give this dressing a different taste you could use a flavoured balsamic vinegar such as blueberry balsamic vinegar, peach balsamic vinegar, cherry balsamic vinegar etc.
- Instead of avocado oil you can use olive oil to make this recipe.
How to serve:
You can use this strawberry salad dressing for any salad that you like. It is best when served cold and when it's fresh. This dressing is especially good on spinach salads, arugula salads or spinach berry salads. It can also be used as a dip or dipping sauce for raw vegetables.
How to store:
Store this salad dressing in an airtight jar or container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
This salad dressing has approximately 45 calories per serving with 1 gram of carbohydrates, 0 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1 gram of sugar. This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, refined sugar free, paleo, vegan, dairy free, gluten free and Whole30 compliant. It is not keto, low fat or low carb.
Frequently asked questions:
Salad dressings can be made with any ingredients, while vinaigrettes always contain oil and vinegar. While all vinaigrettes could be called salad dressings, all salad dressings are not vinaigrettes.
Yes it is.
Yes it is. It is made without any added sugars and is sweetened naturally with fresh strawberries.
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Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette
- Place all the ingredients into your food processor or high speed blender.
- Blend everything well until you have a smooth dressing.
- Serve and enjoy!
- This dressing will thicken when stored in the refrigerator so feel free to add more oil to get the consistency that you prefer if you don't use it right away.
- Nutritional values are an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
- Store this salad dressing in an airtight jar or container for up to 7 days.