Our strawberry salad dressing with red wine vinegar is made with fresh strawberries, sweet honey, red wine vinegar, and fresh roasted garlic. It comes together in just 5 minutes. It’s sweet and tart and compliments lettuce salads perfectly. Gluten-free.
I love a good strawberry dressing. This summer, take the time to try out this simple homemade strawberry dressing that’s perfect for a strawberry salad.
This dressing is super simple to make. You’ll need a carton of fresh strawberries, some roasted garlic, and a midwestern lettuce mix (spinach works great too!).
You’re going to LOVE it. A perfect summer salad that takes no time at all.
The only time-consuming portion of this recipe is to make the roasted garlic if you want to make it from scratch. It only takes 30 minutes. Learn how to make roasted garlic on the grill or in the oven.
If you’re not up to roasting garlic you have a few options. You can simply use fresh garlic or you can skip the garlic altogether.
How To Make
Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Puree until well blended.
Taste test the dressing to see if it’s sweet enough and has enough salt and garlic. Adjust if needed.
Once pureed the dressing is ready to serve.
I love the easy salad I put together below which consisted of a lettuce blend, sliced strawberries, and a handful of pecans. I added the dressing and had a delicious summer salad!
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How To Serve Strawberry Vinaigrette
This strawberry dressing would also be delicious on a spinach salad with feta, sliced strawberries, and slivered almonds. The options are endless!
Fresh Ingredients: Ensure that your strawberries are fresh and ripe for the best flavor. The sweetness and juiciness of ripe strawberries will contribute to a more flavorful dressing.
Honey Variation: Experiment with different types of honey, such as wildflower or clover honey, to add subtle variations in sweetness and depth to the dressing.
Vinegar Options: While red wine vinegar adds a nice tang, you can also try balsamic vinegar or raspberry vinegar for a different flavor profile. Adjust the quantity based on your taste preferences.
Olive Oil Quality: Use high-quality extra virgin olive oil for a richer and smoother texture. The choice of olive oil can significantly impact the overall taste of the dressing.
Garlic Roasting: If using roasted garlic, ensure it’s soft and caramelized for a milder flavor. To roast garlic, you can bake it in the oven or sauté it in a pan until golden and fragrant.
Additional Flavor Enhancements: Consider adding a splash of citrus juice (such as lemon or orange) for a citrusy twist or a dash of Dijon mustard for extra depth and emulsification.
While fresh strawberries are recommended for optimal flavor, you can use frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not available. However, allow them to thaw before blending to achieve the desired consistency.
Yes, you can experiment with different vinegars like balsamic or raspberry vinegar for a unique flavor. Adjust the quantity based on your taste preferences.
Absolutely! This dressing pairs well with various salads, including mixed greens, spinach, or even fruit salads. Feel free to get creative and use it as a marinade for grilled chicken or as a drizzle over desserts.
Yes, you can omit or reduce the honey if you prefer a less sweet dressing. Adjust to your taste by tasting as you go.
To ensure the longevity and freshness of your homemade strawberry salad dressing, store it in a sealed, airtight container in the refrigerator. Properly refrigerated, the dressing can be kept for up to one week. Before each use, give the container a good shake or stir, as natural separation may occur over time. If you’ve made a larger batch for future use, consider dividing it into smaller portions to minimize the frequency of opening the container, which helps preserve the flavors. Always check for any signs of spoilage, such as an off odor or changes in color, and discard the dressing if it appears or smells off.
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CKC Features both Gluten-Free Guidance and Kids Cooking Instructions: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten or cross-contamination.
The ⭐️ symbol in the recipe below denotes the steps in which kid cooks may need a helper (depending on age). If there is no ⭐️ symbol, that step (or recipe) doesn’t require a helper.
Strawberry Salad Dressing with Red Wine Vinegar
- 8 ounce carton fresh strawberries, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar ✅
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2-4 cloves roasted garlic or 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Puree until well blended8 ounce carton fresh strawberries, trimmed, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2-4 cloves roasted garlic or 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper to taste
- ⭐️ Puree until well blended.
- Taste test the dressing. Adjust if needed.