Today is day 3 of our Cooking Light adventure! Val of More than Burnt Toast and myself are doing a week of cooking light. We started on Sunday with the Grilled Brie, Tomato and Arugula Sandwich. You can see Val’s sandwich here and mine here. Yesterday Val made Heirloom Tomato and Herb Pappardelle. Today, I decided to make for you (and myself!) the Strawberry-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. I have always been intrigued with the recipes I see for strawberries in a salad and had never made one for myself. So, when I saw this was one of the recipes in the current issue I knew I needed to try it.

Strawberry-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

What is it about strawberries that just sing summer? Right about now, that is the only thing singing summer in my area! They aren’t quite in season here yet, but we are able to buy them in the stores at a fairly reasonable price still – not to mention they are high in nutritional content and low in calories! AND they make your food look pretty :o)

Strawberry-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Don’t forget the Cooking Light Magazine giveaway which is being sponsored by — they are giving away 3 one-year subscriptions! All you have to do is leave one comment each day on either Val’s or my Cooking Light post. You will have until Midnight, on Saturday, June 13, 2009 to enter. When you leave a comment, make sure you let us know how to contact you if you win. If you can’t be contacted, we will have to choose another winner.

Strawberry-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

The first time I made this salad (Sunday) I made it as the recipe read – and tossed it all with the dressing before serving. I would not have done this if there had only been Grumpy and I here because we would never eat the whole thing in one night! Not only that, the photos were not all that nice and I now know why they didn’t have a picture of this salad in the magazine!
Strawberry-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Tonight I made the salad again for my dinner and made just one serving for myself. I didn’t toss the dressing, I sprinkled it on top and I decided that the salad needed some toasted sliced almonds for a little crunch. Yummy!

Make sure to check out Val’s post tomorrow as she will be posting about Oatmeal Cookie Peach Cobbler!

Strawberry-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Author: Cooking Light, May 2009
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups torn romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries (1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup vertically sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil
  1. Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add romaine lettuce, sliced strawberries, sliced onion, and torn basil; toss gently to coat. Serve salad immediately.
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Strawberry Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Coleen's Recipes June 9, 2009 at 6:34 am - Reply

    I love the photo!! I have just recently discovered the joy of fruit in my green salad (I posted a baby spinach and orange recipe). Yours looks delicious and I want to give it a try. I'd love to enter your competition.

  2. Patsyk June 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I recently made a strawberry salad that was so delicious! I agree, it's better to drizzle a bit of dressing at the point you serve rather than with the whole salad. Looks gorgeous!

  3. Maria June 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    This is my kind of salad! Looks great!

  4. Marthe June 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    This looks delish Shelby!! I wish I'd be able to buy the Cooking Light magazine in The Netherlands, but now that I'm in Canada I'm so picking up a copy!!

  5. Jessie June 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    This salad looks so refreshing! The strawberries do make the salad look pretty too

  6. Bellini Valli June 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Those strawberries are calling me Shelby from your beautiful photo. Thanks for continuing this journey together for a week of Cooking Light:D

  7. Barbara Bakes June 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I haven't tried fresh basil in a salad. I sure it pairs great with the strawberries!

  8. maybelle's mom June 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I love fruit in salad. and fruit and nuts are even better.

  9. the ungourmet June 9, 2009 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Yum! I love this kind of salad! The added toasted almonds is terrific!

  10. recipes2share June 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    This is really fresh and delicious. What a beautiful flavour combination.

  11. Creative One June 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    These pictures look awesome! This was one great tasting salad.

  12. Ingrid June 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Great photos! I'm all over this one!

  13. Delectable Dining June 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    So refreshing! This looks like a great summer meal!

  14. Natalie June 9, 2009 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    love strawberries in salads–this looks like a great one to try! 🙂

    thanks again for the giveaway!


  15. Helene June 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    We will have our strawberry season at the end of June. I should make this delicious salad.

  16. Linda June 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Right up my alley, HoneyB, I just did something similar last night, and I feel like I just discovered the most exciting thing ever with strawberries in salad!

    I'll definitely have to try yours–and the pics look great!

  17. etirv June 9, 2009 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful recipe for summer!
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  18. noble pig June 9, 2009 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    This is fun, tomorrow I'm posting a Cooking Light recipe too! This salad looks delish.

  19. Meghan June 10, 2009 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Hmmm.. I'd love to try the salad with peaches or apricots.

  20. ♥peachkins♥ June 10, 2009 at 1:24 am - Reply

    This salad looks so refreshing.Perfect for summer.

  21. Reeni♥ June 10, 2009 at 1:51 am - Reply

    What a refreshing and sweet salad!! Lovely flavors.

  22. Bunny June 10, 2009 at 2:16 am - Reply

    What a lovely salad Shelby! You and val are doing a terrific job!

  23. PheMom June 10, 2009 at 4:52 am - Reply

    This is my absolute favorite kind of salad! Yours looks so great!

  24. gail June 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    mmm, strawberries in salads are so lovely! I love your recipe!

  25. Allie June 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I love the color of strawberries in a salad!

  26. tferero June 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Yummy. This Salad looks so good! I don't generally like mixing fruit with salad, so I would probably have to move those strawberries off to the side and eat them separately, but it looks great, just the same!! I always love your posts… T.

  27. TeaLady June 10, 2009 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Strawberries in salad. That sounds amazing.

  28. Jenna Z June 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Oh yum! This salad looks like one I had at the local University's teaching kitchen! The picture looks like it has almonds on top, but there aren't almonds in the recipe. Are they plain or candied almonds?

  29. Olga June 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    That salad looks great! I like the addition of basil

  30. Tangled Noodle June 16, 2009 at 1:48 am - Reply

    This is such a perfect summer salad!

  31. Jamie June 18, 2009 at 2:59 am - Reply

    This salad looks so healthy and refreshing. I saw this recipe in the CL magazine. I need to make it. Wasn't it fun doing a Cooking Light week? My sister-in-law Aggie and myself enjoyed doing a CL week together last month.

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