12 ounces stemmed California strawberries
3/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
Granulated sugar, if needed
1. Puree strawberries in blender or processor. Transfer to bowl. Add dried herbs, garlic, salt, pepper and pepper flakes; whisk thoroughly. Whisk in vinegar. While whisking, add oil in a slow, steady stream. Adjust seasoning with salt and/or pepper, and balance flavors with a small amount of sugar, if needed.
This delightful, peppery springtime balsamic vinaigrette, made with pureed strawberries, pairs well with fruit, cheese and salad greens.
Makes about 2 1/4 cups.
Recipe provided courtesy California Strawberry Commission. ©2003 California Strawberry Commission.