Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Basil Salad

Sweet strawberries and tart sun-dried tomatoes mingle nicely with fresh basil leaves. They're then dressed with a light and tasty balsamic vanilla vinegar and topped with almond slices.

Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Salad Recipe. Sweet strawberries and tart sun-dried tomatoes mingle nicely with fresh basil leaves. They're then dressed with a light and tasty balsamic vanilla vinegar and topped with almond slices.

I've always been a salad girl, but it's only been the past few years that I've started to enjoy when fruit is included with my veggie salad ingredients.


Now that I've realized how much I love the sweetness that fruit can bring to a savory salad, I find I'm hard pressed to enjoy a strictly veggie salad ever since. Bring me the sweet. Bring me the savory. Bring me the salad!

Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Salad Recipe. Sweet strawberries and tart sun-dried tomatoes mingle nicely with fresh basil leaves. They're then dressed with a light and tasty balsamic vanilla vinegar and topped with almond slices.

This Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Basil Salad is a complete 180-degree turn from my usual loaded veggie salad with a bit of fruit added at the end.

In this salad, the strawberries take center stage with their soft, sugary sweetness. The sun-dried tomatoes add a chewy, tangy, salty bite. The fresh basil adds the light aroma of spiciness, and a mild licorice flavor. The balsamic and vanilla vinegar adds sweetness with a floral note, compliments of the vanilla, and, of course, the almonds add crunch and extra texture. And as salad lovers know, it's all about the texture.

Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Salad Recipe. Sweet strawberries and tart sun-dried tomatoes mingle nicely with fresh basil leaves. They're then dressed with a light and tasty balsamic vanilla vinegar and topped with almond slices.

STRAWBERRY, SUN-DRIED TOMATO, AND BASIL SALAD   {PRINT THIS RECIPE}

2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil), julienne cut
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4-5 large, fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
½ cup sliced almonds

-In a small bowl, stir together the balsamic vinegar and vanilla.

-In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberries, sun-dried tomatoes and basil leaves.

-Pour the balsamic vinegar mixture over the berries and tomatoes and stir to combine.

-Sprinkle the almonds over top and serve immediately.

Serve this Strawberry, Sun Dried Tomato, and Basil Salad as a dessert after a light summer supper by topping it with a dollop of whipped cream. Or serve this salad as a side dish to a simple pasta or fish dish to keep things on the lighter side when the hot weather hits and you don't feel like eating anything heavy. Eiter way you choose to serve this fresh and delicious salad, I promise you won't be disappointed.

Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Salad Recipe. Sweet strawberries and tart sun-dried tomatoes mingle nicely with fresh basil leaves. They're then dressed with a light and tasty balsamic vanilla vinegar and topped with almond slices.

I find this salad tastes best when served at room temperature. However, if you need to make this salad in advance of when you plan to serve it, you can assemble the strawberries and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and pour the balsamic vanilla vinegar over top. Stir well and refrigerate. Allow the salad to come to room temperature. Stir in the basil and top with almonds. Serve.

This Strawberry, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Basil Salad would pack wonderfully well for upcoming picnic season. It would also pair well with some casual wine that's served out of these adorable blue jean bandana wine glasses! Cheers to delicious food and some really cute hand painted wine glasses. *wink, wink*

Blue Jean Bandana Hand Painted Wine Glasses - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
If there is ever anything I can paint for you, please don't hesitate to contact me or visit my shop. Custom orders are always welcome and I will happily work from any photo or description you send my way.
Kudos Kitchen by Renée ~ Where Food, art, and fun collide on a regular basis!

Until we eat again,





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