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Balsamic and Basil Berry Salad

I simply can’t get enough of all the fresh berries this summer! I’ve made this Balsamic Berry Salad at least twice a week for the past month.

Fresh strawberries and blueberries are tossed in a very light balsamic vinaigrette and then sprinkled with fresh basil to make this light and summery fruit salad.

I like to make this salad right before serving it. However, any leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for a day or two.

This salad is at its prettiest immediately after tossing it with the vinegar and oil. The berries will begin to soften after a few hours in the refrigerator. Still tasty, but not as nice for serving.

 

If I’m lucky enough to have any of this salad leftover, I like to toss it over plain yogurt with a little sprinkling of granola and call it breakfast or lunch. It’s my favorite late-night snack too, any time I have it in the fridge.

Honestly, I can’t think of a meal that wouldn’t be made even tastier with this salad on the table.

Balsamic Berry Salad is going to be making frequent appearances in my kitchen for as long as the berries are available.

Balsamic and Basil Berry Salad
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Berry Salad Ingredients 2 pounds fresh strawberries quartered or cut bite-size 12 ounces fresh blueberries 2 tablespoons traditional or white balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon white sugar 8 basil leaves sliced very thin

Basil Berry Salad with Balsamic Dressing
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Kitchen Tip: I use this knife and this bowl to make this recipe.

Balsamic Berry Salad Recipe

Combine the strawberries and blueberries in a medium-size bowl. Drizzle with balsamic and oil.

Sprinkle with salt, and with sugar if desired. Stir gently to coat.

Sprinkle with basil and toss once more.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to an hour.

Berry Recipes

Simple Berry Sauce is probably our most frequently made berry recipe – and it gets bonus points for using frozen berries. I make this sauce year-round and serve it over Homemade Ice Cream. This is a dessert worthy of any occasion.

Strawberry Cobbler and this Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch are a couple more awesome ways to serve that vanilla ice cream. Oh! And if you’re a fan of homemade ice creams, you’ll want to put Mixed Berry Ice Cream, Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream, and Raspberry Coconut Ice Cream on your list to try.

For a savory bite, try this Strawberry Pasta Salad or this Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad. For a side salad that everyone always loves, the Classic Strawberry Spinach Salad is a sure win.

There are dozens of smoothies here on the website and this Triple Berry Frozen Smoothie might be the prettiest smoothie I’ve ever seen.

Berry Fruit Salad with Balsamic Dressing
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Print Balsamic and Basil Berry Salad Servings 6 -8 servings Ingredients2 pounds fresh strawberries quartered or cut bite-size12 ounces fresh blueberries2 tablespoons traditional or white balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon olive oil1/8 teaspoon kosher saltoptional 1 tablespoon white sugar8 basil leaves sliced very thin InstructionsCombine the strawberries and blueberries in a medium size bowl. Drizzle with balsamic and oil. Sprinkle with salt, and with sugar if desired. Stir gently to coat. Sprinkle with basil and toss once more. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to an hour. Enjoy! NotesThe sugar in the recipe below is optional. Only add it if the berries aren’t quite as sweet as you would like.

{originally published 6/23/16 – recipe notes and photos updated 8/11/20}

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