Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Mixed Greens

Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Mixed Greens from 101 Cooking For TwoFresh strawberry vinaigrette with sliced berries topping mixed greens for a great tasting simple summer lunch. Add some chopped walnuts for that extra crunch. Ummmm good.

Inspired by a Rachel Ray Food Network recipe that used strawberry jam I modified to use fresh berries instead.

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Notes: The Rachel Ray recipe used jam and I used the ripest berries and mashed them with some sugar.  I find balsamic vinegar very strong tasting and I cut it back by a third. This is listed as an option. I’m adding some chicken next time and my meal will be complete.

Rinse and trim 2 cups (1 lb.) of fresh strawberries. Set aside 3-4 of the softest berries.

Chop the soft berries and combine with 1/2 tsp of sugar.

Add 2-3 tsp of balsamic vinegar, 3 T good estra-virgin olive oil and a touch of pepper and salt. I used about 1/8 tsp each. Mix well with a fork, mashing the strawberries into the mix.

Add the sliced berries to 5-6 cups of mixed greens (about 2 hand fulls). Add the dressing and toss until all the greens are moist.

Serve topped with 1-2 T of chipped walnuts on each plate.

Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Mixed Greens
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Fresh strawberry vinaigrette with sliced berries topping mixed greens for a great tasting simple summer lunch. Add some chopped walnuts for that extra crunch. Ummmm good.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (1 pound) fresh strawberries
  • 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 t balsamic vinegar
  • ½ t white sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ to ½ cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Rinse and trim 2 cups (1 lb.) of fresh strawberries. Set aside 3-4 of the softest berries.
  2. Chop the soft berries and combine with ½ tsp of sugar.
  3. Add 2-3 tsp of balsamic vinegar, 3 T good estra-virgin olive oil and a touch of pepper and salt. I used about ⅛ tsp each. Mix well with a fork, mashing the strawberries into the mix.
  4. Add the sliced berries to 5-6 cups of mixed greens (about 2 hand fulls). Add the dressing and toss until all the greens are moist.
  5. Serve topped with 1-2 T of chipped walnuts on each plate.

Updated
January 27 2014

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