Strawberry Vinaigrette and Salad

We may still be getting blizzards outside, but I’m already thinking about light spring salads. Today I’m sharing the first in a three-part series on my favorite homemade salad dressings. If you’ve never made your own salad dressing, let me assure you, it’s surprisingly easy. I started making dressing from scratch about three years ago and never looked back. Homemade dressings taste better and allow you full control over what goes in (and what stays out). So whether you trying to reduce sugar, eliminate dairy, or avoid hydrogenated oils, making your own dressing offers great advantages over the store-bought stuff.

Today’s recipe is for a creamy strawberry vinaigrette. Despite its creamy texture, it is dairy free. At the bottom of this post, you’ll also find a free link to download the jar labels shown in the photos. These add a fun touch for a potluck or dinner party… or if you’re like me, a random Wednesday lunch. Spoiler alert: the upcoming posts are for Ranch and Italian dressings. You’ll find these labels available in the same download. Don’t want to print your own? These labels are also part of my Dressings & Vinegars Label Collection on Etsy.

Prep Time: 15 mins | Total Time: 15 MINS
Yield: 1 Cup
TAGS: Dressings | CONDIMENTS | SPRING | PALEO | WHOLE30 | KETO | SALAD

Strawberry Vinaigrette and Salad

As written, this recipe yields one cup. It’s easily adjusted for additional servings. I typically use 3-4 ounces for a 4-serving salad or one to two tablespoons per serving. Since I’m trying to limit my added sugars, I left the honey out and I still thought it tasted fantastic. If you’re not big on dressings with a prominent acidic bite, I’d suggest adding the honey to balance out the vinegar. Any leftover dressing will keep in the fridge for a few weeks. Keep in mind that the oils in homemade dressing may solidify in the fridge. This is normal and does not mean the dressing has gone bad. Simply set it out a room temperature for a few minutes before serving and give it a good shake.

Ingredients

  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup oil – avocado or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar – white wine, champagne, or cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 to 3 tbsp raw honey – optional, omit for keto, Whole30, or low-carb diets
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Core and roughly chop the strawberries and place them in a blender.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients, except poppy seeds, to the blender.
  3. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Add poppy seeds and shake, stir, or lightly pulse to mix.
  5. Serve and enjoy (salad idea below) or bottle and refrigerate for future use.

My Favorite Strawberry Pecan Salad

My favorite way to enjoy this dressing is on a simple Strawberry Pecan salad. The following serves four:

  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 10 strawberries, sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls roasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup red onions, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, omit for Whole30 compliance
  • 3-4 ounces Strawberry Vinaigrette
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Strawberry Vinaigrette and Strawberry Pecan Salad


Course Condiment, Dressings, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Spring, Whole30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

For the Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup oil – avocado or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar – white wine champagne, or cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 to 3 tbsp raw honey – optional omit for keto, Whole30 or low-carb diets
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp poppy seeds

For the Strawberry Pecan Salad

  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 10 strawberries sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls roasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup red onions sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese omit for Whole30 compliance
  • 3-4 ounces Strawberry Vinaigrette

Instructions

For the Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing

  1. Core and roughly chop the strawberries and place them in a blender.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients, except poppy seeds, to the blender.
  3. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Add poppy seeds and shake, stir, or lightly pulse to mix.
  5. Serve and enjoy… or bottle and refrigerate for future use.

For the Strawberry Pecan Salad

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl, toss, and serve.

Downloadable Labels

Package your homemade dressing in style with these downloadable labels. The template is set up for these 2-inch round stickers. You can also use these full-page white labels and cut them into squares. Stay tuned for parts two and three in this series to get the other recipes.

Salad Dressing Set with Printable Labels
Strawberry-Vinaigrette-Pin-1
Strawberry-Vinaigrette-Whole30-Pin

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