Strawberry Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Strawberry Salad with Basil DressingThis Strawberry Salad with Basil Vinaigrette is one of my very favorites, especially this time of year when the strawberries are at their best.  I thought this would be a great addition to all the bread we’ve been making.

Basil is my favorite herb and I can never get enough of it.  This unusual dressing is one more way to use it.

Spring greens, fresh strawberries, pungent bleu cheese, and chunky pecans make this one of the most flavorful summer salads to be found.  The basil vinaigrette dressing originally came from the Missouri Governor’s kitchen although I am embarrassed that I don’t remember which governor.  This is not only an unusual vinaigrette but one of the best if you love basil.

If the Strawberry Salads are plated individually ahead of time, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.  Pass the dressing or serve in individual containers to be added at the table by each person.

Basil Vinaigrette

1 large clove garlic
2 tablespoons sugar
.67 ounce package fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil

With the food processor running, drop the garlic down the feed tube. Garlic processed for Strawberry SaladAdd the sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Ingredients in processosr

Process to mince finely.Ingredients processed for Strawberry Salad

Add the vinegar and process until the basil is finely cut in.Vinegar added to Basil Dressing Slowly add the oil. Oil being poured for the dressingThis dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.Basil Vinaigrette in processor

Finished Vinaigrette for the Strawberry Salad

Strawberry Salad

1 bag mixed greens of your choice
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 pound blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cups pecans
Basil Vinaigrette (see recipe below

Mix all but the Basil Vinaigrette in a large bowl or plate individually as in the photograph.  This can be done the morning before serving if desired.  Cover each plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.  Drizzle with Basil Vinaigrette before serving, or pass the dressing and  have each person add what they want.

Yield:  4 servings

A couple of breads to accompany the salad:

Sweet and Hot Red Pepper Bread
Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Popovers
No Knead Bread

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3 thoughts on “Strawberry Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Charlene, Hope all is going well for you and everybody Glad to hear you tried the salad. Basil is my favorite. I added some spicy breaded chicken tenders from Trader Joe’s last week and it was a wonderful addition. Hi to everyone.

  1. Mary

    What a lovely fresh Summer salad. But I think your Basil Dressing sounds sublime.
    I do add Strawberries to salad, in fact, at times I’ve added other fruits as well, although not in the same salad and also basil but have never made a basil dressing. I shall rectify that next time!!
    Thankyou! :))

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