Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette

This fresh and tasty salad welcomed us to the lake last night.

Actually, we made it for dinner when we arrived to our cabin. It was delicious.

In our home we rarely eat store-bought salad dressing. Instead, we make our own. Which is better for you, more satisfying for your taste buds, and more economical. All you need is some type of vinegar, olive oil, honey or sugar, and some spices/herbs to jazz it up, and you’re set!

Since it’s summer, which means the berries are fresh and the herbs are plentiful, we chose to make a strawberry basil vinaigrette as our salad dressing last night. We pureed strawberries and basil with red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and honey. Salad dressing in minutes!

We poured this over fresh mixed greens, and tossed in cherry tomatoes, chopped red onion and grilled radishes (which we still drool over…see our pizza and crostini posts for great recipes with grilled radishes).

Have we convinced you to make your own dressing? Happy double dipping!


Makes 1/2 Cup


  • 6 medium strawberries
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Dash of black pepper


Combine ingredients in food processor and bled until smooth. Pour over salad, mix, and enjoy!


Calories: 43   Carbs: 4g   Fat:4 g   Protein: 0g   Sugar: 3g   Sodium: 1mg


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