Simple And Fresh Strawberry Salad Dressing. When it comes to lettuce-type salads, I believe that there are two groups of people: 1) those that like fruit 2) those that do not like fruit. I fall heavily into group number #1. I love all fruit in all salads–berries, apples, citrus, grapes–I love it all.
I think a good savory salad needs a little sweet and a little juicy, and a little crunchy to bring it all home.
So, of course, I decided to make my own. The first time I made this Strawberry Salad Dressing, I thought I was way off the mark because the creamy pink concoction swirling around my food processor did not look like any strawberry vinaigrette I’d ever seen. But it actually tasted really, really good. It was sweet and tangy and creamy and just savory enough.
So I rolled with it and called it a Strawberry Salad Dressing instead of a Strawberry Salad Vinaigrette, and now it’s one of my favorite salad dressings to make.
A good blender or food processor is going to do all the work for you in this one. You could strain the seeds and the pulp out of the pureed strawberries for a slightly thinner, smoother dressing, but I would much rather leave the whole mess in the bowl of my processor and get to the eating part that much faster. And because this Strawberry Salad Dressing is so full of flavor on its own, it’s a good idea to keep the salad components super simple.
The Strawberry Salad Dressing is the star of this show! Romaine lettuce is hearty enough to stand up to the dressing but mild enough to let the dressing shine. Sunflower seeds add a salty crunch, and goat cheese is creamy and tangy and plays off the dressing perfectly. If you want to make it an entree salad, add some warm grilled chicken and a side of bread, and dinner is done.
Simple And Fresh Strawberry Salad Dressing
Salad Dressing Ingredients:
- 1 cup strawberries roughly chopped
- ½ medium lemon juice only
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard or whole-grain
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic minced
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 head Romaine lettuce
- ⅛ cup Sunflower seeds
- 1 small block Goat cheese
- Add strawberries to the bowl of a food processor or a high-quality blender. Blend until well pureed
- Add the lemon juice, mustard, and seasonings. Blend until well mixed
- With the processor running, slowly stream in the olive oil. Blend until smooth and creamy
- To serve, toss lettuce with dressing just until coated and top with nuts and cheese
- Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.