Our new house is walking distance to Whole Foods, though, and they were having a sale on organic strawberries. I took an impromptu stroll over there one day after I found a recipe for strawberry champagne vinaigrette on Annie's Eats. I could not wait to try it.
Her salad is more simple than what I typically put into a strawberry salad. She just used some spinach and sliced almonds with her sliced strawberries. I have been using the same combination for my strawberry salad for as long as I can remember, which has more to it. I love strawberries and balsamic so that's what I've used in the past. I had some Cream of Balsamic on hand so I used that in combination with the strawberry vinaigrette. Its a balsamic reduction that is rather sweet because of the addition of muscat grapes. I liked the contrast of the dressings. My husband did not. I really did love this salad, but the star was the dressing. Tomorrow, I am going to have it bare bones on a salad more Annie's style.
I looked back at the original recipe that Annie got the recipe from on Epicurious, but I really enjoyed her addition of vinegar to the dressing. I paired this salad with a glass of Grüner Verlliner, which was the perfect compliment.
Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette
slightly adapted from Annie's Eats
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
2 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp champagne
1 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries, vinegar, champagne, sugar and salt. Process until smooth and well combined. Transfer to an airtight container and keep refrigerated.
Served over choice of greens (I usually use spinach, but had some spring mix to use up), strawberries, goat cheese, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and along with a drizzle of cream of balsamic.