Strawberry Salad Dressing

This strawberry salad dressing is lightly sweet, tangy, and totally addictive! It’s a strawberry vinaigrette that adds a nourishing and sweet flair.

Strawberry salad dressing

You probably already know the magic of strawberry salad dressing. But Alex and I are recent converts. How have we not made this until now? To celebrate the turning of the seasons, Alex and I created this strawberry salad dressing recipe: and it’s our new favorite. It’s lightly sweet, tangy, and perfect for green salads. Made with apple cider vinegar and maple syrup, it’s naturally sweet too! And it takes only 5 minutes to whip up in a blender. Put it on a strawberry spinach salad, and you’ve got one darn crowd-pleasing plate of fruits and veggies. Here’s how to make it!

Strawberry spinach salad

How to make strawberry salad dressing

This strawberry salad dressing is truly easy to make at home! It’s quickest using an immersion blender or small smoothie blender, but you can also use a standard size blender and blend a little longer. It takes only 5 minutes to whip up, which is time very well spent, if you ask us!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this dressing:

  • Sliced ripe strawberries
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Kosher salt

Blend it up until it’s creamy, and you’ve got one seriously simple strawberry vinaigrette that you won’t be able to stop eating. Our toddler Larson is obsessed with this dressing!

Strawberry salad dressing variations

Because it uses maple syrup, this salad dressing is vegan — which is a nice twist! We love using maple syrup to sweeten our dressings; not only does it have a lovely flavor, it is usually easier to get out of the container than honey! But if you prefer, you could easily substitute honey or agave syrup instead of the maple syrup.

You could also use different types of vinegar than apple cider vinegar: white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar would be natural fits.

In terms of oil, you can also change up to a neutral oil like grapeseed or vegetable oil. However, we recommend using olive oil because of the brilliant pink color it achieves! When we tried it with grapeseed oil, it had a much lighter pink color — and we preferred the flavor with olive oil.

Whatever the case, make sure to use ripe, in season strawberries here! The quality of this salad is fully dependent on the sweetness of the berries, so you’ve got to have good berries to make it taste just right.

Strawberry salad dressing

How to serve it

Do you know how you’re going to serve your strawberry salad dressing already? If so, let us know in the comments below. If not, here are a few ideas on how to use it:

  • Strawberry spinach salad: We’remaking this one on repeat all summer long. Topped with sliced strawberries, red onion, pecans, and crumbled cheese, it’s truly a stunner!
  • Massaged kale salad with pomegranate: The fruity flavors in this massaged kale salad pair well with a sweet strawberry vinaigrette dressing! Keep the pomegranate and sub out the apple for sliced strawberries.
  • Simplest green salad: This green salad calls for a balsamic vinaigrette: but why not add a strawberry vinaigrette dressing instead? This salad is customizable, calling for any type of fruit, nuts and cheese you’d like. Go with or without sliced strawberries and make it your own!

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This strawberry salad dressing is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy free, naturally sweet, and has no refined sugar.

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Strawberry salad dressing

Strawberry Salad Dressing


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 1/4 cups 1x

Description

This strawberry salad dressing is lightly sweet, tangy, and totally addictive! It’s a strawberry vinaigrette that adds a nourishing and sweet flair.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. In an immersion blender, small blender or standard blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. (An immersion blender and small blender are the quickest, but you can also use a standard blender: just blend for a few minutes until fully combined. This would not work as well in a very large high speed blender since the quantity of ingredients is small: but let us know if you try it!)

  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry salad dressing, Strawberry vinaigrette, Strawberry vinaigrette dressing

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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