Salad #8: Strawberry Tomato Bocconcini Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salad #8: Strawberry Tomato Bocconcini Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Strawberry Tomato and Bocconcini Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette is the eighth recipe in my series of 52 Salad Recipes.

We had more warm dry weather than usual this Spring and as a result, our local strawberry season was early this year … and then it was over in a flash. Seriously, we only had the local berries in our stores, for about a week, and then the strawberry season was over. We are back to berries imported from down south.

Kids Picking Strawberries

Luckily Mr Fox and I got out to the U-Pick fields with our grandkids while the strawberry bushes were still loaded with berries. Together, we picked about 20 lbs of fresh berries. So I did manage to tuck a few bags away in our freezer.

Strawberry Tomato and Bocconcini Salad

A few of those fresh berries went into this strawberry, tomato and bocconcini based salad. I am a big fan of bocconcini (or caprese) salad but never thought to add strawberries until I saw this Caprese Salad with Brown Butter Balsamic Vinaigrette by Cooking For Keeps. Actually, it was mostly the Brown Butter vinaigrette that caught my eye but once I started putting the salad together, I decided to go with a more traditional balsamic vinaigrette.

Strawberry Tomato and Bocconcini Salad

One of these days I will give the Brown Butter vinaigrette a try. Anything with ‘browned butter’ in the recipe will be delicious … right? Well, even without the browned butter, this salad is amazing.

Strawberry Tomato and Bocconcini Salad

Do look for and use local berries when you can. If those berries are organic, so much the better. I confess, I don’t often buy organic strawberries and that’s because around here, the cost of organic strawberries is usually twice as much as the regular local berries. However, when I do purchase organic, I’m never disappointed. They are wonderful. Bursting with flavour and generally have a longer shelf life but sadly, it’s hard to justify spending twice the money.

Strawberry Tomato and Bocconcini Salad

The grape tomatoes I used here, are local hothouse ones like some grape tomatoes I got this spring at the EAT Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival. I found these little babies were ripe but not too ripe and they were firm. They were not bland and mushy like the ones we get here in the off-season. Again, it’s best to go local when you can.

Strawberry Tomato & Bocconcini Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Summary: Strawberries and tomatoes pair surprisingly well. Add some soft mild bocconcini (fresh unripened mozzarella) cheese, fresh basil and a balsamic vinaigrette and you've got yourself an amazing salad.
Gluten Free | Grain Free | Egg Free | Refined Sugar Free | Real Food | Vegetarian
Ingredients
Vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup avocado oil, or salad oil of choice
  • zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
Salad:
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 ounces baby bocconcini, or fresh unripened mozzarella, diced
  • 3 cups fresh salad greens (I used baby kale)
  • 1/4 Cup fresh basil, larger leaves cut in chiffonade
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add vinaigrette ingredients to a small glass jar and shake until well blended. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, toss strawberries, tomatoes, bocconcini and basil together.
  3. Layer a bed of greens on two individual salad plates, or bowls. Top each plate with half of the strawberry mixture. Drizzle with a generous amount of dressing. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.
Notes
Store extra Vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Enjoy!
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14 comments

  1. Anne says:

    I am going to have to try making this real soon! I love tomatoes, strawberries and kale, but never thought to mix them together! Thanks for sharing on Healthy Living Link Party.

  2. Miz Helen says:

    This is a great combination for a summer salad, it looks so fresh and delicious. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Marla says:

    HI Laureen,
    This salad looks delicious and great meal for a hot summer day. Organic strawberries are more expensive but local ones can be almost as good if you check with the grower many times they are grown organically but just don’t have the certification – sometimes its not worth all the hassle and money to some local farmers to get it but they grow with out pesticide and used organic fertilizers. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

  4. Raia says:

    Ooh, this sounds delicious! Especially with freshly picked strawberries! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Savoring Saturdays! I’m featuring it this weekend. :)

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