Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing is the best homemade recipe using real strawberries. It makes every salad taste amazing!
“Be sure to buy organic versions of the ‘dirty dozen:’ the fruits and vegetables that, when grown conventionally, are loaded with pesticides and chemicals: Grapes, apples, lettuce, bell peppers, carrots, nectarines, peaches, strawberries, pears, kale, and celery.” – Suzanne Somers
You are going to absolutely love me after you make this recipe. I think we are going to be besties.
Why? Because this homemade strawberry salad dressing is the bomb. (I say this ever-so-humbly!)
Finding amazing recipes takes a lifetime. Unless you come here. I will tell you when I find one of those “unicorn recipes” that are simply perfect.
This is one of them.
Why buy bottled salad dressing, when you can make your own in just minutes with fresh ingredients?
If you’re looking for a salad dressing without gluten, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.
This fresh strawberry salad dressing has five simple ingredients. Make sure you buy organic strawberries, because you want to make sure your ingredients are healthy in addition to being yummy.
I love making recipes that are good enough for company, but easy enough to make for your family. This recipe is perfect for both.
We all need to eat more salads and this dressing is the perfect way to encourage you to eat even more. You don’t even need dessert after tasting this dressing, because it will satisfy your sweet tooth.
One of my dogs has a thing for salads. She would rather eat salads than anything else (I have no idea where that came from.)
Whenever I pull out the greens, she starts dancing away knowing that a bowl of greens are coming her way. With this strawberry dressing salad recipe, I do the same dance.
You’ll just have to taste it for yourself to see if it’s as good as I say.
Tips for making restaurant-quality salads
1) You want to have a mixture of the type of greens you use in your salad. By doing so, it gives your salads a variety of textures and flavors. (And we all love a flavorful salad, don’t we?)
2) Use fresh herbs whenever possible. I’m a chive girl. Chives and salad go together in my book. There are so many other herbs that will really add flavor. Examples of these herbs are: basil, cilantro, Italian parsley, dill, and tarragon.
3) Chef Michael Smith says that one of the most important elements of a good salad is the crunch factor, and I’m inclined to agree with him. Whether you top your salad with croutons, sunflower seeds, nuts, fried onions, or another favorite – adding a crunchy texture is a must.
4) Adding a variety of color to your salad will not only make it look beautiful, but having a variety of fruits and vegetables will give it a nutritional boost as well.
5) A salad can go from side dish to your main meal by adding protein, fat, carbohydrates.
6) Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper are the perfect way to season your salad.
Choosing the right strawberries
If at all possible you want to buy strawberries from a farmer’s market. Why? Because conventional growers have to pick their strawberries before they are ripe in order to be able to ship them without damage or having them go moldy before reaching their destination.
When you pick strawberries before they ripen, they don’t get any sweeter. So you don’t get the amazing taste that you can if you go to a farmers market.
Frozen strawberries would probably be sweeter.
You’ll want to avoid choosing strawberries that have white or green tops, bruised, or shriveled.
How to store fresh strawberries
Pick through your strawberries and discard bruised or moldy fruit. You’ll want to enclose your container of strawberries in a paper bag. This ensures they don’t dry out.
Store your fresh strawberries in the refrigerator for up to three days.
When you’re ready to use your strawberries, rinse them with cold water and pat dry.
How long does this fresh strawberry salad dressing last in the refrigerator?
Homemade strawberry salad dressing is best used within 3-5 days of making.
Trivia about all things Strawberry related
Learning new things about the food we eat is one of my hobbies. I always find such interesting information. Sharing tidbits on what I’ve learned is now added to all of my recipes.
In late 18th century, the first garden strawberry was grown in Brittany, France. Before that, people just ate wild strawberries – according to wikipedia.
The exact origin of the name “strawberry” is unknown. It is thought that the name came from a combination of “strewn berry,” which is in reference to the strawberry having runners and the strawberries are “strewn” about the ground.
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin c, folate, magnesium and potassium. Any recipe that includes using fresh strawberries is a winner in my book. One serving of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange.
Did you know that strawberries are the only fruit that has seeds on the outside of itself? Neither did I. Now, we both know.
The average strawberry has 200 seeds. That’s a lot of seeds!
Strawberries are a member of the rose family. Now I know why I love them so much.
According to the Florida Strawberry Growing Association, 94% of US households make strawberries part of their diets. That’s a lot of strawberry lovers!
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How to make Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing Recipe:
Ingredients for Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing
1 cup fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
1/4 cup organic olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Instructions for making Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing
Place strawberries, vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil and lemon juice in a blender until smooth.
Here’s the printable Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing Recipe:
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Place the strawberries, raspberry vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil, and lemon juice in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Tips to making this recipe:
If you have a hard time finding raspberry vinegar, I found mine on Amazon. You can find it here.
You can use this strawberry dressing for fruit salad. Simply put together a bowl of your favorite fruit and toss with this yummy dressing.
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