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Easy Fresh Strawberry Side Dish

Updated on May 5, 2014

A Fruit Salad Recipe with just 3 ingredients!

Yes, you must try fresh strawberries with sugar and balsamic vinegar for dessert or as a side salad. I have even been known have this recipe for breakfast! Versatility thy name is "Strawberries with sugar and balsamic vinegar!" It is so easy and so very, very good.

Recently, I added fresh mint from my herb garden to this delightfully easy strawberry recipe. The result was amazing. I would recommend adding the mint to individual servings just before "eatin' time" as the mint will turn dark if left in the serving dish too long (as in over-night).

I love the combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar so much that I was very intrigued by this recipe: Strawberry Balsamic Bourbon Cocktail. I will try to remember to make it soon and share the experience.

The image of the fresh strawberries was taken by me with my iPhone.

Only 3 ingredients in this recipe! - Fresh Strawberries + sugar + balsamic vinegar!

Fresh Strawberries plus sugar and balsamic vinegar=a juicy dessert or side.
Fresh Strawberries plus sugar and balsamic vinegar=a juicy dessert or side.

For the strawberry recipe shown above, I just "guessed" at the amounts. I usually start with a pint of fresh strawberries that I have hulled and sliced in half. I sprinkle on the sugar (in this case I have used Turbano sugar) and pour on the vinegar (I used OMG Blueberry Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar) until the strawberries look "wet". Wait a minute and the juice begins to form. Pretty, isn't it? For those of you who feel more comfortable with exact measurements (and I am usually one of those), scroll down the page a little to find a "printable" recipe.

FYI: the three photo strawberry collage above was made at using photos taken with my iPhone. Use with permission and attribution, please.

Find Quality Balsamic Vinegar on Amazon:

I know I said you should use quality ingredients, but sometimes price does not equal quality. You could also buy a smaller bottle because it has been my experience that when I use balsamic vinegar, a little goes a long way. It is a stronger vinegar than ordinary white or cider vinegars. I have also seen a good deal on balsamic vinegar at Costco (find it below!). If you have a TJMaxx or Tuesday Morning in your area, you can sometimes find it there at a decent price.

Balsamic Vinegar of Moderna, 1 litre (33.8 fl oz)
Balsamic Vinegar of Moderna, 1 litre (33.8 fl oz)

I have purchased this Kirkland brand vinegar and love it. It is just the right "thickness" for use in salad dressings and for my strawberry recipe!

Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

This vinegar has received high ratings from customers. I wish we had a Trader Joe's in Alabama!


Use quality ingredients!

I like to use a good quality balsamic vinegar

and organic sugar.

One of my favorite websites for hand-crafted vinegars is "The Bountiful Basket" in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

I also always have on the shelf the Kirkland Balsamic Vinegar shown above. It does not need refrigeration and will last a long time.

Fresh strawberries
Fresh strawberries

The recipe below has 60 calories per serving using the exact recipe. I would image that using a flavored balsamic vinegar as I do and the turbano sugar would not add a significant amount to that total.

This recipe can also become a dessert by using it to top vanilla ice cream or even a cheese cake.

NOTE: I sliced my strawberries into small pieces instead of halves. See my photo.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 50 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 6


  • 16 ounces hulled fresh strawberries cut in half
  • 2 Tablespoons dark Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • optional ground fresh black pepper


  1. Place the strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle the balsamic vinegar over them. I like to use a pomegranate balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the sugar over the berries and toss. I use organic cane sugar or turbano sugar. Gently toss and allow the berries to sit for about an hour. You can let them sit up to four hours before serving. Some recipes I have seen recommend grinding black pepper to taste just before serving. I usually forget. If allowed to sit longer, the berries will get softer.
Cast your vote for Fresh Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar: The Printable Recipe

I love this recipe because it is so very easy to make. I have been known to put these strawberries on top of cottage cheese for breakfast.

If you do not want to use all your berries in this delicious recipe, you must read How to keep fresh strawberries, herbs and spring greens fresh for up to one week!

Will you be trying this easy strawberry salad?

What do you think of using Strawberries and Vinegar together? - Suitable for a vegan diet

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    • malena10 profile image

      malena10 5 years ago

      mmm, love strawberries! :)

    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @dellgirl: It is! I promise.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Fresh Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar, interesting combination...sounds delicious.

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      makemoneyonline5 5 years ago

      Ohhh very nice!!

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      Sam Wheeler 5 years ago