Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is the perfect dressing for this salad. This is my all-time favorite green salad. It is beautiful, delicious, and the strawberry vinaigrette dressing is perfect with it. Best of all, everything in the salad comes straight from my garden.
How do I Make the Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.
Berry Vinaigrette dressing follows a basic formula. Start with a berry preserves, Homemade is best (of course). Blueberry raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry are all delicious in a vinaigrette dressing. I make a peach vinaigrette dressing that was sooo good on a salad with slices of chicken bread. Get creative and try different combinations of preserves for the dressing.
What Vinegar Do I Use?
To the preserves (jam), I add the balsamic vinegar. A good quality balsamic, but not an expensive one. The expensive vinegar is aged in barrels for more than 12 years. As balsamic vinegar ages, it becomes thicker and sweeter. A 12+ year balsamic vinegar is thick, syrupy, sweet, and delicious. Using the aged vinegar in a dressing results in a sweeter and thicker dressing. If you prefer a pourable dressing, add a few tbsp. of water to thin the dressing to the consistency you like.
I prefer the taste of the vinegar tang in my dressing and use a salad balsamic. This balsamic isn’t aged and has a thin, pourable consistency. If you prefer a sweeter and thicker, salad dressing used this aged vinegar. If you prefer a sweeter strawberry vinaigrette dressing and don’t want to break the bank, use a salad balsamic and sweeten the dressing with 2 – 3 tbsp. of simple syrup.
What Mustard is Best?
A strawberry vinaigrette dressing has four ingredients; strawberries, balsamic vinegar, oil, and mustard. It’s that simple. I have never used prepared mustard, but I think it should work ok. If you don’t have dry mustard powder, use a spicy brown or dijon mustard. Use a teaspoon of the prepared mustard in place of the dry mustard.
What Oil Should I put in the Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing?
I use olive oil for this dressing. However, I have used grapeseed oil, vegetable oil, and sesame oil. It is a matter of preference and what you have in your pantry.
What are the Flowers Doing in the Salad?
The flowers in this salad are nasturtiums. FYI, capers are the pickled nasturtium buds. Once the flowers develop, they can be picked and put in salads and used as a garnish. They have a spicy flavor and add a pleasant “bite” to a salad. The flowers are also beautiful as a garnish for a vegetable side dish – green beans, or on my charred corn salad with roasted veggies, or a tomato and cucumber salad.
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- ¼ cup strawberry preserves
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp simple syrup
- ¼ tsp dry mustard
- pinch of salt
- Add all the ingredients together in a bowl
- Whisk together to combine. If the consistency is too thick add up to 3 tbsp. of hot water or simple syrup (for a sweeter dressing), until the desired consistency is achieved. Delicious on a green salad with fresh strawberries.