I freakin’ love basil. Like, I’ll just snack on it raw, right off my basil plants. Yep, plants, plural. I have two and they spread like wildfire. I’m in there trimmin’ off a quarter cup of basil just about every day. It’s exhausting, to be honest. I’ve got dried basil, frozen basil, basil turned into jams, basil everywhere. So much basil I almost don’t know what to do with all of it. Almost. Recipes like this Strawberry Basil Salad come to the rescue every time I need to get rid of a huge amount before it goes bad!
(But seriously, if anyone had told me how much maintenance those basil plants would need, I probably would’ve only planted one of them.)
But, to the recipe. Strawberries and basil are a classic combination. So are strawberries and balsamic vinegar. The flavor combinations of basil and balsamic feel decadent with the sweetness of strawberries, so much so that I often make desserts out of them. (We’ve been having our fair share of Strawberry Basil Balsamic Ice Cream since my plants started growing, too.) But they’re good in savory side dishes like this one, too! It’s a light, refreshing salad perfect for summer.
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- 9 cups spinach (chopped)
- 1 pound strawberries (chopped)
- 1 cup basil (chopped)
- Combine the spinach, strawberries, and basil in a salad bowl.
- Combine the remaining ingredients separately and mix well. Toss the dressing and salad together before serving, chilled.