The Strawberry with Maple and Balsamic Vinaigrette is delicious as an appetizer or a side dish. It has a great balance of flavors and is easy to make. It is dairy-free and gluten-free and vegan. The salad can be made ahead of time and dressed the day before serving. This easy salad is also great for parties. There are many ways to use this salad. It can be served as a salad to complement other dishes.
Strawberry with Maple and Balsamic Vinaigrette recipes
Strawberry with Maple and Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 1 pint strawberries sliced
- 4 to 5 cups chopped romaine or mixed greens of any kind
- To make the dressing, combine all of the dressing ingredients except the oil in a food processor or by hand if there are no solid chunks.
- Slowly add the oil in small streams while mixing/whisking until it has a creamy consistency.
- Divide the ingredients evenly among the mason jar/s.
- Layer them in order based on the ingredient list above in a mason jar starting with the dressing.
- Make sure the dressing does not touch the greens yet.
- Place the lid and close tightly.
- Shake the jar well to coat the ingredients with the dressing and enjoy!
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Alternative Preparation Method: Strawberry and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Blender Edition
- 1 cup of fresh, ripe strawberries
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
- 1 clove of garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Start by washing and hulling the fresh strawberries.
- Place the strawberries in your blender, along with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, a clove of garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and velvety. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula to ensure everything gets fully incorporated.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning to your preference. Add more salt, pepper, or sweet maple syrup if desired.
- Once you’re satisfied with the flavor, pour your strawberry and maple balsamic vinaigrette into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to drizzle it over your favorite salads.
Tips for making Strawberry and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Choose Ripe Strawberries: Opt for the ripest, juiciest strawberries you can find. The flavor intensifies as they ripen, making your vinaigrette naturally sweeter.
- Balancing Act: The key to a stellar vinaigrette is balance. Adjust the quantities of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup to match your personal taste. Start with the recommended measurements and add more as needed.
- Blending Smooth: If you’re using the blender method, blend until the vinaigrette is silky smooth. This ensures that the strawberries are fully incorporated, and your vinaigrette is velvety and delicious.
- Season with Care: Season with salt and pepper, but go easy. You can always add more later, but it’s hard to fix an overly salty vinaigrette.
- Storage: This vinaigrette is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Give it a good shake before using it again.
- Classic Salad Dressing: Drizzle the vinaigrette over a fresh green salad with mixed greens, goat cheese, candied pecans, and ripe strawberries. It’s a true classic!
- Grilled Chicken Glaze: Brush the vinaigrette over grilled chicken or fish for a burst of sweet and tangy flavor.
- Fruit Salad Magic: Take your fruit salad to the next level by tossing it with a drizzle of this vinaigrette. It’s especially delicious with berry-based fruit salads.
- Dipping Delight: Use it as a dip for fresh bread or as a finishing touch for roasted vegetables.
- Strawberry Parfait: Layer it in a strawberry and yogurt parfait for a delightful twist.
FAQs about Strawberry and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
- How long can I store the vinaigrette? You can store your vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to one week. Give it a good shake before using it again.
- Can I make it sweeter or tangier? Absolutely! Adjust the amount of maple syrup and balsamic vinegar to match your preferred level of sweetness and tanginess.
- What if I don’t have a blender? No worries! You can finely chop the strawberries and garlic and whisk all the ingredients together for a slightly chunkier version.
- Can I use frozen strawberries? While fresh strawberries are preferred for the best flavor, you can use thawed frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not available.
- Can I use this vinaigrette for marinating meat? Certainly! It makes an excellent marinade for chicken, fish, or even tofu. Marinate for at least 30 minutes to infuse the flavors.
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I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.