Balsamic Strawberry Tomato Salad
This is an unbelievably simple recipe. Calling for only four ingredients, absolutely anyone can make this with easy. You just have to quarter some tomatoes and strawberries and garnish with fresh basil and balsamic vinegar. For a sweeter flavor (and thicker dressing) you can use a balsamic dressing instead of the balsamic vinegar. Try this recipe: for a thick, sweet balsamic dressing, or just pick up a bottle of prepared balsamic dressing.
This flavor combination might first strike you as being odd. After all, strawberries and tomatoes might both be fruits (scientifically speaking) but adding vinegar to strawberries is not something every home cook does. Many people dislike vinegar but balsamic vinegar is different because it is very sweet. If you do not use vinegar because you do not like the sharp, acidic taste, try balsamic vinegar. It is totally different.
It is essential that you use perfectly ripe tomatoes and strawberries to make this, for the best results. This salad is refreshing and light and tastes like the summertime. When you serve it, it is usually better not to say what it is there. Although there are only three ingredients, three of which are immediately recognizable, the balsamic flavor usually takes people by surprise – always a pleasant one but a surprise nevertheless.
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup strawberries
- A few sprigs of basil
- Splash of balsamic vinegar (or balsamic dressing)
- Quarter the strawberries and cherry tomatoes.
- Toss them together and divide between 2 serving bowls.
- Garnish with the basil and drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top.
This recipe is easy to make, and also easy to double or triple if you are feeding a crowd. Perhaps you are grilling some chicken or steaks for dinner, in which case this would make a nice side dish. Prepare it in advance if you like and cover it with plastic wrap. Don’t add the balsamic vinegar until just before serving though; you will not want to make your fruit discolored or soggy. This is a lovely-looking recipe. No one can fail to notice the vibrant bright red and fresh green colors which make this dish what it is. The flavor will take you by surprise too. This is a dish you will certainly want to make again and again.
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