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This strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing is sweet tart and makes any salad taste irresistible! Even better, you can whip it up in just 5 minutes.

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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? This strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing is 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! Even better, 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 make, 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 a vibrantly-colored strawberry vinaigrette that you won’t be able to stop eating. Our toddler Larson is obsessed with this dressing!

Strawberry salad dressing variations

Here are a few variations on a theme for this strawberry vinaigrette:

  • Sweetener: Because it uses maple syrup, this salad dressing is vegan. We use maple syrup to sweeten most of our salad dressings: it has a lovely flavor and is way easier to get out of the container than honey! If you prefer, use honey or agave syrup instead of the maple syrup.
  • Vinegar: You can use different types of vinegar in place of the apple cider vinegar. White wine vinegar or champagne vinegar would be natural fits here.
  • Oil: You can also change to a neutral oil like grapeseed or vegetable oil. But we recommend olive oil because of the brilliant pink color it achieves! Grapeseed oil makes for a much lighter pink color. Alex and I also preferred the flavor with olive oil.

The most important part: use ripe strawberries!

Whatever the case, make sure to use ripe, in-season strawberries here! The quality of this strawberry vinaigrette 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 strawberry vinaigrette

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

  • Strawberry spinach salad: This one is 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! 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? Go with or without sliced strawberries and make it your own!
Strawberry salad

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 Vinaigrette (5 Minute Salad Dressing!)

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 ¼ cups 1x
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This strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing is sweet tart and makes any salad taste irresistible! Even better, you can whip it up in just 5 minutes.


  • 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  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

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Rosa R says:

    The dressing was delicious! The only thing I did different was add 1/2 teaspoon of freeze-dried strawberries for a stronger strawberry flavor.

  2. Cynthia Palmer says:

    healthy food/eat

  3. Anonymous says:

    Loved this! Fresh strawberries were off tasting so used strawberry jam -and a dribble of lime juice. I could eat this with a giant spoon.

  4. Elisa says:

    Hi, would this work with frozen strawberries? I guess I can defrost them first? Thanks

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Yes this should work! Just defrost prior to making the vinaigrette — make sure to the keep the liquid that comes off during defrosting as well. You may want to add a touch more maple syrup to taste!

  5. Mel Donovan says:

    I used balsamic vinegar and reduced the maple syrup to 1 tbsp. It’s delicious! Thank you for such an easy recipe.

  6. Nikki says:

    Yum! I’ve made several strawberry vinaigrette dressings before but this one was the best! Another great recipe from you two!

  7. Darlenecaswell says:

    I just found your site. I’m headed to the store. I’m going to buy the ingredients and I’m gonna let you little cooking couple know how it turns out because strawberry vinaigrette is one of my favorite dressings.😊

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you!

  9. Diane says:

    Just made this and it smells amazing! What is a serving size, please? I see where it serves 6 and it has 112 calories per serving, but not the actual size. Tbsp? Tsp? Thanks!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Sorry that was a mistake! It’s 33 calories per tablespoon.

  10. Katie says:

    Oh my gosh this is the best strawberry salad dressing ever! How long do you think it will keep in the refrigerator? Or and I know this sounds weird is there anyway I can freeze it? I made so much because we had just picked a ton of strawberries. And I made two servings because it is so good! But I don’t know if it will go bad in the fridge?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      So glad you love it! We wouldn’t recommend freezing it as the texture would get a little weird. You can keep it in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks!