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Balsamic Strawberry Dressing for Sweet Summer Super Salad

Balsamic Strawberry Dressing Makes about 1 cup Some people don’t like the combination of fruit and vegetables but I find the flavor of the sweet, tangy and bitter light and delicious. Use really tasty berries, it makes all the difference. If you want a bit more flavor contrast, add a few chopped salty olives or capers.



  • ¾ -1 cup strawberries or raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry or other fruit vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon regular or golden balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water or broth or oil substitute for salad dressing
  • 2 teaspoons agave or other sweetener
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • 4 cups mixed lettuce
  • 2 cups arugula or other bitter greens
  • 1/4 cup sliced onions or green onions use white and green
  • 1 cup summer stone fruit peaches, apricots, plums, nectarines, sliced
  • 1 small avocado cut into 12 slices
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons raspberries or strawberries for garnish


  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a small food processor or blender. Puree until well combined.
  • Set aside.
  • Combine the lettuce, arugula and onions. Mix with the dressing and arrange on a large platter or individual plates.
  • Place the fruit and avocado on top. Garnish with the sunflower seeds and raspberries or strawberries.


From The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow, MS, RD