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Strawberry Fig Balsamic Dressing

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Celebrate the seasonal bounty with my luscious Strawberry Fig Balsamic Dressing! Bursting with the sweetness of freshly picked strawberries and the richness of ripe figs, this homemade creation elevates any salad. Harness the essence of summer by embracing the natural flavors of fresh ginger and zesty lemon, enhancing the dressing's depth. Crafted with love, this delectable concoction reminds us of the joy in cooking with farm-fresh ingredients, steering away from store-bought alternatives. Savor the delightful union of strawberries and figs while relishing the simplicity and taste of the season on your plate.

Song Recommendation: "I Put a Spell on You" by Nina Simone


Vibe: "I Put a Spell on You" by Nina Simone is a perfect match for the Strawberry Fig Balsamic Dressing recipe. This soulful and hauntingly beautiful song captures the enchanting essence of the dressing's flavors. As you create and enjoy the delicious dressing, let Nina Simone's captivating vocals and the bluesy melody transport you to a world of culinary magic. The combination of the rich balsamic, sweet strawberries, and ripe figs will truly put a spell on your taste buds, making it an unforgettable dining experience.


Booze: For the Strawberry Fig Balsamic Dressing recipe, a refreshing and versatile rosé wine makes an excellent pairing choice. The fruity and floral notes of a quality rosé complement the sweetness of the strawberries and figs while balancing the tanginess of the balsamic dressing. The light and crisp nature of rosé also pairs well with the fresh and vibrant flavors of the ginger and lemon in the dressing. Whether you opt for a dry or slightly off-dry rosé, its versatility allows it to harmonize with a wide range of salads and dishes, making it an ideal accompaniment to this delectable dressing. So, uncork a bottle of rosé, relax, and relish the delightful combination of flavors in your Strawberry Fig Balsamic dressed salad while enjoying the lovely sips of rosé wine. Cheers to a delightful and refreshing meal!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and diced

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1/4 cup quality extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 ripe figs, diced

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

  • 3 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional, for added sweetness)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil (optional, for extra herbal flavor)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint (optional, for a refreshing twist)


Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, add the diced strawberries and lemon juice. Blend until you get a smooth puree.

  2. To the strawberry puree, add the olive oil, diced figs, balsamic vinegar, salt, black pepper, grated fresh ginger, and minced garlic. If you prefer a sweeter dressing, you can add honey at this stage. Blend all the ingredients until well combined. Adjust the seasoning and sweetness according to your taste.

  3. For added depth of flavor, consider adding the chopped fresh basil and mint to the dressing and pulse briefly to incorporate. The herbal notes will complement the strawberries, figs, and garlic beautifully.

  4. Pour the Strawberry Fig Balsamic Dressing into a glass jar or container, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

  5. Give the dressing a good shake before using it to drizzle over your favorite salad or vegetables.

  6. Enjoy the Strawberry Fig Balsamic Dressing's unique blend of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors on your salad, and savor the taste of fresh strawberries and figs with a touch of balsamic and ginger!


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