Friday, July 19, 2013

Strawberry Balsamic Vinagrette -- Heat Wave Salad


Inspired by my round-up of 30 Low-Heat Recipes to Survive a Heat Wave, I decided to post the recipe for this amazing salad which I threw together after I realized my Pintester Challenge dish was going to fall flat. Remember this beast?


Yeah. The pork? Not so tasty. Like really, if you haven't read about my Pork Debacle, go do so. I barely made it out alive. But the salad? Magnificent. It truly saved my dinner that night.

And this vinagrette?


Definitely on my rotation of homemade salad dressings forever now. It's amazing, and it's been over a week and it's still going strong. I think I'll toss it in the trash over the weekend, just to be safe, but since I'm so sporadic with my salads, it's good to know I can keep it around for a little while at least.

This is how Finn feels in the heat.

Thankfully, the heat wave is supposed to break on Sunday. This is a godsend--I'm really missing my oven. I love salads, but I get so sick of them so fast. And being able to walk around and actually ENJOY the sunshine, instead of leaping from shady spot to shady spot and still finding my makeup melted off by the time I reach my destination. Uncool.


Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

  • 5-8 large strawberries
  • 2 tbs sugar or honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbs balsamic vinegar, or more, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt

-In a food processor (or hand-crank Pampered Chef Food Processor, like I have and love), puree the strawberries with the sugar and let sit for ten minutes.

-After ten minutes, add the remaining ingredients. Taste, and adjust ingredients to your liking. Store in the fridge in a lovely glass bottle. The olive oil may become viscous in the fridge, so when ready to use, allow to sit at room temp until liquid again. The dressing will last about a week and a half to two weeks if kept refrigerated.

For the salad: I used a spring mix from my Market Share haul from Kitchen Garden, boiled some golden beets (also from the share), then sliced them thin and added them to the salad with some bits of garlic scapes and goat cheese. Simple, delicious.

Note: If you happen to be lucky enough to NOT be in a heat wave right now, I imagine roasting the strawberries with a splash of balsamic before pureeing would be DIVINE. I will definitely try this next time.

15 comments:

  1. i am ALL over this dressing!! making asap :)

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    1. It really is worth it! And if it's not so hot where you are, I insist you roast the strawberries first.

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  2. Ashley, what a wonderful idea for a summery salad dressing, sometimes I make dressing with raspberries but I should try your strawberry balsamic vinaigrette, it sounds pretty darn delicious and it adds a lovely color splash to your salad.
    Hope the heat wave will break soon and you will not have to leap from one shady spot to another all weekend!

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    1. Weekend was still too hot, today seems better. Let's hope!

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  3. looks delicious! Love the picture of your cat too. : )

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  4. Fresh, simple and full of summery flavor. What more could I wish for? Love it!

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  5. What a delectable salad dressing! I'm still buying strawberries right and left and eating salads like crazy so this will be definitely be made! (I thought you hated me. Haha.)

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    1. Nooo! I don't know why Blog Lovin didn't recognize your blog feed when I imported my list... so weird!

      Actually, it's funny--your blog name is similar to another one I follow, and I got them confused in my head. Then the other blog changed their theme, and I saw a picture of the blogger and it was NOT YOU. I was like WOAH WHERE DID REENI GO?? So I investigated, and then found you commented on another blog and I re-followed you on my new reader :) Hopefully it sticks!

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  6. Yuuum. We are the opposite over here. It's a bit chilly and Flatpac and Archie have been snuggling in front of the heater.

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    1. You're in Australia, right? It's so funny to me that the seasons are switched down there. Come December I'll be wishing I was where you are though!

      ...when I studied abroad there were a TON of Aussies in Europe, taking their Gap Year trips, and two of them were like "so you know how you wear your best summer dress on Christmas?" and I was like WOAH WHAT? Hehe

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  7. I used to live off strawberry balsamic dressing in college - I always bought it from this one place and put it on every single salad. lol. I need to try this! I haven't had it in forever!

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  8. I love salads in the summer, and that dressing looks amazing. Hope you have cooler weather now!

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  9. I am gaga over the salad, looks so good.

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