Strawberry Basil Salad

Strawberry Basil Salad

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.

Pretty strawberry basil salad in a glass bowl with almond and sun-dried tomatoes.

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. 

A glass bowl of strawberry basil salad. A jar of balsamic vinegar is in the background

The ingredient list;

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Salt

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.

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Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Salad Recipe. Sweet strawberries and tart sun-dried tomatoes mingle nicely with fresh basil leaves. They're then dressed with a light and tasty balsamic vanilla vinegar and topped with almond slices.
You’re going to love the fresh flavor of this strawberry basil salad!

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.

Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Salad Recipe. Sweet strawberries and tart sun-dried tomatoes mingle nicely with fresh basil leaves. They're then dressed with a light and tasty balsamic vanilla vinegar and topped with almond slices.

Suggested salad add-ins:

  • Cubed Watermelon
  • Mozzarella Cheese Balls
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Diced Avocado
  • Chopped Kale
  • Baby Spinach Leaves
  • Blueberries
  • Feta Cheese,
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries (pits removed)
  • Pinenuts
  • 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.

Strawberry Basil Salad with title text overlay.

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Additional Fresh Strawberry Recipes

Love cooking and baking with fresh strawberries? Me too! Check out these other strawberry recipes I think you'll also enjoy!

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Strawberry Basil Salad

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5 from 2 votes
Strawberry basil salad in a glass bowl.
Sweet and Savory Strawberry Basil Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins

A vanilla balsamic dressing is drizzled over fresh strawberries, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil in this delicious side dish or dessert.

Course: BBQ Side dish, fruit dessert, healthy side dish
Cuisine: American, healthy
Keyword: strawberry basil salad, strawberry salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 135 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 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

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the balsamic vinegar and vanilla.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberries, sun-dried tomatoes, salt and basil leaves.

  3. Pour the balsamic vinegar mixture over the berries and tomatoes and stir to combine.

  4. Sprinkle the almonds over top and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Savory Strawberry Basil Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 628mg18%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 96.5mg117%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for sweet and savory strawberry salad as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Closeup image of strawberry basil salad. Sun-dried tomatoes and slivered almonds are also included.

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  1. I can't wait to try this absolutely gorgeous salad when this weather finally warms up here!

  2. Oh, this is my kind of salad! Beautiful!!

  3. I'm the same way…I want lots of different flavors in my salad, from sweet to savory, to keep things interesting. This is definitely a salad I would enjoy!

  4. Those glasses are adorable! And what a great idea for a spring picnic salad, love it!

  5. First, let me say that this salad is absolutely beautiful, I love the red on red. I'm loving the sweetness of the strawberries again the tangy, chewy sundried tomatoes. I have to try this!

  6. beautiful salad filled with so much goodness!

  7. There is nothing that I love more than salad with fruits in it! The balsamic, strawberries and basil will mingle quite nicely together!

  8. I'm so sending this recipe to my husband! It looks so springy and perfect for my veggie + strawberry lover. 🙂

  9. I'm the exact same – I've only recent come to enjoy fruit in my veggie salad. Too funny! And this salad of yours is absolutely gorgeous! Helloooo spring 🙂

  10. I always enjoy a good fruity salad! Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are such a classic combination and the basil would make a fantastic addition! Great recipe!

  11. This salad is making me long for warm summer days. It actually snowed here yesterday (SNOW!) so I'm sooooo looking forward to sweet strawberries and leafy green salads.

  12. I love salads that mix up the sweet, savory and salty. This sounds delicious!

  13. I've gotten to the point where I don't even want a salad if it doesn't have fruit in it! Strawberries are one of my favorites too! love it!

  14. I would of never thought to add strawberries and sun dried tomatoes together! Sounds delicious!

  15. Jennifer Farley

    5 stars
    So fresh + delicious! Love this flavor combo!

  16. Tayler Ross

    5 stars
    I made this salad for lunch yesterday, and the mix of flavors was absolutely incredible! Thanks so much for sharing!

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