Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette

Perfectly balanced Strawberry Vinaigrette is perfect for the springtime and easy to make at home. This four ingredient strawberry salad dressing highlights the sweetness of fresh strawberries! Makes 4 servings.

Love recipes using fresh strawberries? Don’t miss Strawberry Romaine Salad in a Jar, Strawberry Pudding and Strawberry Scones with Strawberry Glaze.

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2021 update: This strawberry salad dressing recipe was originally shared on May 9, 2012. It was updated with new images and more helpful information, then republished in March 2021.

This Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette recipe was inspired by springtime in Louisiana and the abundance of fresh, locally grown, incredibly sweet strawberries.

It was also inspired by a raspberry vinaigrette I had when we lived in Nashville that I was o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with.

Why I love this recipe:

Homemade salad dressing is so easy to make at home, and when you make it at home, you’ve got control over the flavor!

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    This Strawberry Salad Dressing is slightly sweet, a little tart and super delicious.

    Depending on the ripeness of your berries, you might want to add a little more sugar to the dressing, as I found it was bitter without the added sweetness.

    It’s fabulous drizzled on your favorite green salad (especially one with sliced strawberries) but also plays nicely with a fruit salad, too!

    Since this is a thicker vinaigrette recipe, it would work really nicely with a tougher green, like kale.

    Other salads for the spring months: Cucumber and Feta Salad | Strawberry Melon Salad | Salmon Niçoise Salad | Cajun Cobb Salad | Chicken, Strawberry and Apple Salad

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    What you need to make this recipe:

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    Let’s talk ingredients!

    In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Ripe strawberries — in-season strawberries are the sweetest and will yield a delicious vinaigrette. Wash ’em off and them give them a good chop and don’t forget to add any juices to the blender.
    • Olive oil — extra virgin olive oil is my go-to oil for dressings. You may also use regular olive oil.
    • Apple cider vinegar — for some tartness and balance.
    • Granulated sugar — for a little bit of sweetness. We only use a little bit of sugar because the natural sweetness of the strawberries should shine in this salad dressing recipe.
    • Salt and pepper — to taste!

    Variations you can make on this Strawberry Salad Dressing:

    • Fruit — I think any berries would be delicious in place of the strawberries. Keep in mind that if the berries are more tart than a strawberry that you might need to add a little more sweetness.
    • Oil — while olive oil is my go-to oil for homemade salad dressing, any unflavored oil would work here. Avocado oil or grapeseed oil would be my choices if I didn’t have olive oil at home.
    • Vinegar — another vinegar would work here, too! Balsamic vinegar and strawberries pair beautifully, as would white wine vinegar and champagne vinegar.
    • Sweetener — if you’re not a fan of granulated sugar, you could easily swap that for the same amount of honey or even maple syrup.

    A note on the flavors of this homemade salad dressing: Since you’re making it, you can add a pinch more sweetness if the original dressing is too tart. Give it a taste before you pour it onto a salad.

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    How to make Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing

    First and foremost, measure out all your ingredients into the base of a blender or food processor.

    Place the lid onto the processor, and blitz until the mixture is smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper, then blend again.

    Chill for thirty minutes before pouring on top of a salad. You can use whatever greens and ingredients you like, though I’ll admit I love a simple spinach and feta cheese salad tossed in this bright strawberry dressing.

    Strawberry salad dressing drizzles on top of a salad with croutons, cheese and more

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I store this homemade salad dressing?

    Keep it in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

    Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh?

    Yes, you can, but they must be defrosted before you blend everything up.

    What recipes can I use this salad dressing on?

    We love this salad on a spring salad, like a Strawberry Spinach Salad! You could toss this onto a basic green salad, too.

    Tips and tricks for making the best homemade Strawberry Salad Dressing

    • Store this dressing in a mason jar in the fridge for up to a week. Since it makes a small batch, chances are it’ll be eaten before then!
    • Adjust the sweetness to taste. The beauty of making a strawberry vinaigrette at home is being able to do this. Give the dressing a taste after mixing it together and add another pinch of sugar if it’s too tart for you. You can and should customize this for your tastebuds!
    • Drizzle it onto protein, like pork or chicken, after cooking for some extra strawberry flavor!

    More salad dressings to try:

    We love this Red Wine Vinaigrette Salad Dressing on so many green salads. This Hot Bacon Vinaigrette adds delicious bacon-y flavor to anything. And you can’t go wrong with Homemade Catalina Dressing with taco salad.

    Want to make this salad dressing? Here’s how you make it…

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    Strawberry Vinaigrette

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Strawberry Vinaigrette is so perfect for the springtime. This four ingredient dressing is easy to make at home!
    5 from 6 votes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 65 kcal
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Chilling Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes

    Ingredients
      

    • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • ¾ teaspoon granulated sugar
    • Salt and pepper to taste

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    Instructions
     

    • In a blender or food processor, combine all four ingredients.
    • Blend until the mixture is smooth and thick.
    • Give the dressing a taste, and season with salt and pepper. Blend again until smooth.
    • Chill for thirty minutes (optional), then pour on top of a salad.
    • Enjoy!

    Notes

    Store leftover strawberry vinaigrette in an airtight storage container on the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Give it a good shake before pouring on top of your salad.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1servingCalories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSugar: 1g
    Keyword easy vinaigrette recipe, fruit, fruit vinaigrette, salad, salad recipe, strawberry, strawberry vinaigrette, vinaigrette recipe
    Course Condiments & Spice Blends
    Cuisine American
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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    16 Comments

    1. I love salads with balsamic and strawberries but have never made a strawberry vinaigrette. I will have to give this a try. I have almost all of the ingredients!

      1. Let me know what you think of it whenever you do try this recipe, Jess! I’m interested to know how it works for you!

    2. This sounds like the perfect Spring salad dressing! I’m going to have to try it out… I bet it’s great on a strawberry spinach salad with walnuts & feta! Thanks for sharing!

      1. It really is perfect for a spring/summer salad! And that is EXACTLY what I ate it with! Let me know what you think of it should you whip some of this dressing up!

    3. That vinaigrette (and the whole salad) looks wonderful. I am so excited that strawberries are coming back in season right now!

      1. Thanks so much, Carrie! I’m excited that strawberry season was so bountiful, and I’m trying to take advantage of the strawberries I can find now to soak them all in! I hope you are, too!

    4. I made this last night. I was home alone so I get to eat salad! Yippie! This made the salad so fresh and yummy. It was like spring on a plate!

    5. I am someone who won’t eat a salad unless there a dressing and I love how easy this is to make and it doesn’t have any weird ingredients like store-bought dressings!

    6. I am such a big strawberry fan and this dressing recipe is just perfect! The right amount of tang and sweetness!

    7. What a great idea! Sometimes I add a little fruit juice to my dressings, but I’ve never actually added fruit!

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