Cooling Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Andrea Beaman

Natural Foods Chef, Author, TV host, and former Top Chef Contestant

Strawberries and balsamic are a great match. Andrea Beaman pairs them in a vinaigrette for this salad, which she prepared at her summer Beard House workshop on seasonal cooking.


Strawberry Dressing:
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 head green or red leaf lettuce, cleaned and shredded
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 10 cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds


To make the strawberry dressing, combine the strawberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, water, and salt in a blender. Purée until smooth.

To make the salad, toss the lettuce, shallots, tomatoes, blackberries, olives, and sunflower seeds in a bowl. Drizzle with the strawberry dressing to taste.


4 servings