This easy and delicious homemade strawberry salad dressing is a game changer! You only need 4 simple ingredients and 5 minutes to make this incredible, sweet and tangy strawberry vinaigrette recipe that everybody loves.
Have you ever made a recipe and thought to yourself, "Oh my goodness, this is so good! I can't believe how easy it is to make!!?" Yeah, well you might as well bookmark this recipe now because it's just like when you make strawberry crumble - once you get a taste of it, you will be sharing the recipe asap.
Why You'll Love This Salad Dressing Recipe
This dressing is a prime example of a tasty AND nourishing dressing!
- Easy Recipe You literally blend all ingredients together in a blender. That's it. The 'hardest' part is washing the strawberries, lol. There's no need to slice the strawberries. Just put them in the blender whole (without the stem).
- Simple ingredients This incredible dressing is made with just four ingredients, plus salt and pepper (optional).
- Naturally creamy This is a more of a creamy strawberry salad dressing. The strawberries help to give the dressing some substance.
- It's pink! How many times are you able to serve your kids something pink that isn't loaded with food dyes? That's a win right there if you ask me 🙂
- Strawberries Use fresh strawberries. This tasty berry adds natural sweetness and a pretty pink color to the dressing without having to use artificial food coloring. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamins, manganese, folate, fiber, and more.
- White Balsamic Vinegar This type of vinegar is a milder version of your classic balsamic vinegar. It's made from white grapes and adds a little bit of tartness to this dressing.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil Rich in monounsaturated fats and full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Pure Maple Syrup Maple syrup is simply added for sweetness. It contains a variety of minerals and has a lower glycemic index than sugar.
How To Make Strawberry Salad Dressing
- Before tossing the strawberries into the blender, make sure you rinse them well and remove the stems.
- White balsamic vinegar can be found in the same section of the grocery store as white vinegar and traditional balsamic vinegar.
- If you would like to thin out the dressing, add one teaspoon of water at a time. Blend the dressing again and retest. Repeat until you have reached your desired consistency.
Changing up how and what you serve on a salad can make a big difference in helping kids to eat more vegetables. When introducing this salad dressing to your kids for the first time, think of what will speak to them more.
Some kids will get excited if you call it a "pink salad dressing," while another might be more impressed and more likely to try it if you call it a "sweet salad dressing."
And believe it or not, many kids love white balsamic vinegar because it is sweeter and has a lighter flavor than traditional balsamic vinegar. In fact, my youngest, who happens to be my pickiest eater, likes it drizzled on a salad without anything else added (even on shredded kale, if you can believe that!). She calls it a "sweet salad". Whatever works!
How to Use Strawberry Salad Dressing
While I absolutely love this salad dressing drizzled on top of a salad with goat cheese, I think the most popular way to serve it is on top of a strawberry spinach salad.
Stil, it's good thing salad dressings aren't just for salads! This homemade dressing would also taste delicious drizzled on top of avocado toast (you've got to try this!), on top of chicken or salmon, or maybe even drizzled over fresh fruit kabobs.
Questions You May Have
You should be able to use frozen strawberries to make this dressing as long as you defrost them first. In my experience, frozen strawberries aren't as sweet, so you may need to add a little more maple syrup to get the same level of sweetness.
You can easily substitute it with traditional balsamic vinegar. The dressing will have a stronger flavor, darker color, and still taste delicious. I would think that apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or rice vinegar could also serve as an easy substitute.
I suggest using extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to make this recipe. Avocado oil, walnut oil, or a neutral flavored oil would be good substitutes.
If you do not have pure maple syrup, you can add a small amount of cane sugar or simple syrup instead. Cane sugar is less expensive and easier to find. If you use sugar instead of maple syrup, you will likely need to add a small amount of water as well.
This homemade strawberry salad dressing should last in the fridge for up to 7-10 days. Be sure to keep it stored in an air-tight container or jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Other Recipes That Use Fresh Strawberries
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Dip
- Fresh Fruit Salad
- Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
More Easy Salad and Dressing Recipes
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The Best Strawberry Salad Dressing
- 1 cup strawberries Washed well. Stems removed.
- ½ cup olive oil extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon water Optional, if you would like a thinner dressing.
- salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend for 30 seconds to a minute, or until desired consistency is reached.
- Add additional salt and pepper to taste, as needed.