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Enjoy this homemade Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing on your favorite salad!

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Author: Audra


Recipe Adapted From: Whole Foods Market



Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1 cup of sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TBS honey (add a little more if needed, depends on the sweetness of the strawberries)
  • 1 TBSP finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • a pinch of kosher salt

Toasted Pecans

  • 2 cups pecan pieces
  • cooking spray

Homemade Croutons:

  • 46 slices of bread (any bread)
  • olive oil or melted butter (about 2-3 TBS, add less or more to taste)
  • 12 tsp Italian seasoning (or to taste)

Additional Ingredients:

  • chopped romaine
  • baby spinach
  • sliced strawberries


For the dressing

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until all ingredients are combined.

For the toasted pecans:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly spread 2 cups of chopped pecans on baking sheet.
  3. Mist with cooking oil and toss to coat. Toast for 5-10 minutes, stirring half way through. (cooking time may vary)

For the croutons:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut bread into cubes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl add bread cubes and drizzle olive oil or melted butter over the bread cubes.
  4. Then add Italian seasoning. Toss bread cubes with tongs until evenly coated. Taste a bread cube and make sure it is seasoned to your taste!
  5. Add more seasoning as needed.
  6. Place bread cubes on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until crispy, dry and golden brown (cooking time may vary).
  7. Stir croutons half way through cooking.

For the salad greens

  1. I used fresh romaine and baby spinach.
  2. Garnish salad with additional strawberry slices, toasted pecans, and homemade croutons.
  3. Next drizzle the strawberry balsamic vinaigrette over the salad and enjoy!