Sweet strawberries, tart sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil mingle together nicely in this sweet and savory Strawberry Basil Salad. They’re then dressed with a light and tasty balsamic vanilla vinegar and topped with almond slices.
I’ve always been a salad girl, but it’s only been the past few years that I’ve started to enjoy fruit included with my veggie salads.
Now that I’ve realized how much I love the sweetness fruit can bring to a savory salad, I find I’m hard-pressed to enjoy a strictly vegetable salad ever since.
Bring me the sweet. Bring me the savory. Bring me the Strawberry Basil Salad!
**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Sweet and Savory Strawberry Basil Salad is available at the end of this post.
The ingredient list;
- Fresh Strawberries
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes, drained and chopped
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Sliced Almonds
Why this recipe works;
This Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Basil Salad is a complete 180-degree turn from my usual loaded veggie salad with a bit of fruit added at the end.
In this salad, the strawberries take center stage with their soft, sugary sweetness. The sun-dried tomatoes add a chewy, tangy, salty bite.
The fresh basil adds the light aroma of spiciness and a mild licorice flavor.
The balsamic and vanilla vinegar adds sweetness with a floral note, compliments of the vanilla, and, of course, the almonds add crunch and extra texture. And as salad lovers know, it’s all about the texture.
How and when to serve this sweet and savory strawberry salad;
Serve this Strawberry Salad as a dessert after a light summer supper by topping it with a dollop of whipped cream.
Or, serve this salad as a side dish to a simple pasta or fish dish to keep things on the lighter side when the hot weather hits, and you don’t feel like eating anything heavy.
This Strawberry Basil Salad would pack wonderfully well for a picnic or backyard BBQ.
Any way you choose to serve this fresh and delicious salad, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Suggested salad add-ins:
- Cubed Watermelon
- Mozzarella Cheese Balls
- Diced Red Onion
- Diced Avocado
- Chopped Kale
- Baby Spinach Leaves
- Feta Cheese,
- Cherries (pits removed)
- You get the idea…
Can this strawberry salad be made in advance?
Yes, but only 1-2 days prior to serving.
If you need to make this salad in advance you can assemble the strawberries and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and pour the vanilla balsamic vinegar over top.
Stir well and refrigerate.
When ready to serve, allow the salad to come to room temperature and top with the almonds and the fresh basil.
What is the best temperature to serve this salad?
I find this salad tastes best when served at room temperature, but chilled is also a nice option.
Can this sweet and savory strawberry basil salad be frozen?
NO! Not a good idea. The strawberries will become mushy upon thawing, and the basil will turn brown.
How long will this strawberry basil salad keep in the refrigerator?
Covered well, this salad will last 3 days.
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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Strawberry Basil Salad.
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A vanilla balsamic dressing is drizzled over fresh strawberries, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil in this delicious side dish or dessert.
- 2 pints fresh strawberries hulled, halved and quartered depending on size
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes drained (if in oil), and julienne sliced
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves thinly sliced, or torn into pieces
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- pinch tiny salt
In a small bowl, stir together the balsamic vinegar and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberries, sun-dried tomatoes, salt and basil leaves.
Pour the balsamic vinegar mixture over the berries and tomatoes and stir to combine.
Sprinkle the almonds over top and serve immediately.
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