With springtime (and, honestly, almost summertime) having arrived here in South Louisiana, I’m doing my best to make the most of all the fresh local produce I can get my hands on. … It’s not a challenging thing, really, because everything is in bloom down here and going to the local produce market is an adventure, simply due to the fact that I can get pretty much anything I could ever imagine — and a lot of things I’ve never heard of, too!
Ever since we lived in Nashville, I have loved raspberry vinaigrettes. The girls in my office tried to have a monthly ladies night out, and at one of these events, I had the most delightful farm fresh salad, topped with pears and a tart, tangy raspberry vinaigrette. Later that evening, I unabashedly dipped French fries in the dressing… and it STILL tasted good!
The next day, I may or may not have gone to the grocery store to get a bottle of raspberry vinaigrette. Because my kitchen needed that to spiff up all the salads I was making.
We’ve come a long way since Nashville, and this season, I have been really into strawberries. So, instead of topping salad with my go-to raspberry vinaigrette, I decided to make a riff on it, substituting raspberries for strawberries. And y’all, let me tell you, it was a GOOD decision.
This dressing is slightly sweet, a little tart, and a lot delicious. Depending on the ripeness of the berries, you might want to add a little more sugar to the dressing, as I found it was bitter without the added sweetness. I bet you could also add a little bit of honey to naturally sweeten this dressing, as well.
Here we go:
A tart dressing for a spring salad.
- 1/3 cup fresh strawberries
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¾ teaspoon granulated sugar
- In a blender, combine all four ingredients.
- Blend until the mixture is smooth and thick.
- Chill for thirty minutes, then pour on top of a spring salad.
- Then enjoy!
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 0g
What is your favorite spring salad? Do you have a go-to salad dressing?