Strawberry tomato salad with balsamic
You know how you can hear about certain flavor combinations where you first go; “what”?? The combination of strawberries and balsamico is one of them. I think I first heard it on one of the blogs about a year ago and it intrigued me. Certainly not a flavor I would naturally combine with eachother, but still interesting thought. So when I read in one of my new cookbooks about a salad that incorporates strawberries, tomatoes and balsamic glaze I just knew I had to try it. And can I just say.. WOW! Ofcourse it is essential that you pick good strawberries and tasty tomatoes as that is the main part of this salad, but it is so much better then I would ever have thought!! Tom was even more doubtful then I was. I mean; he doesn’t like balsamic vinegar at all, while I do, to begin with so telling him that there was balsamic glaze in this recipe together with tomatoes and strawberries he looked at me as if I was going nuts… But when I finished making it and then almost forced a spoonful into his mouth it was funny to see his reaction go from “O no, what are you shoving into my mouth” to “That is actually pretty damn good!”
And it is; nice and refreshing and tasting of spring! Making it is almost too simple to talk about but for those of you who want to know; use equal amounts of small tomatoes (I used a type that is called Amor and is lovely and tasty. I am not too fond of cherry tomatoes at least not the regular kind as they tend to be too watery, but use whatever tomatoes you love) to strawberries and cut both into quarters. Chop up some basil and toss that with the tomatoes and strawberries in a bowl. Put on a plate and drizzle some balsamic on top. And voila; you’re done!
omg a new look to your website!!! it looks very fresh and springy. great looking salad too, and I love lilacs.
You’re absolutely right. I would have never thought strawberry and balsamic but my goodness it looks like spring in a bowl! By the way beautiful blog design!!
Gorgeous photos. I’m new to your blog (thanks for leaving a comment on mine, that’s how I found you).
Strawberries and balsamic have been a classic combination in Italy for a long time, though usually they use the very old, very expensive kind of balsamic. 😉 I was recently given a bottle of crema balsamico and I think I’ll have to try something similar with it myself!
I remember reading the balsamic and strawberry last year too! Today i was holding the bottle of balsamic & I was thinking that it is time I gather courage and try it out & here you are! 🙂
Simone.. a thing with you comment box: I cannot use my cursor and click anywhere .. like to fix what I have already written.. I have to use the backspace to delete it all!! don’t know if it is my browser.
Such a simple dish but so elegant and perfect for these warmer months!!
I tried this combination a couple of weeks ago in a salad and I loved it! I love the new look of your blog and the pictures layout. Great!
That looks great. I have always like the combination of tomatoes with balsamic and strawberries with balsamic. It seems like a natural great combo.
Love strawberries, love tomatoes and absolutely love this salad! I have some balsamic glaze too. May have to try this soon.
Oh, this salad sounds light and refreshing. And I have to say I am loving the fade!!! It’s such a nice touch, if I do say so myself 🙂
Hi! My first time here! What a beautiful blog you have here! The salad looks fabulous with balsamic dressing. Love it.
@ Soma It’s probably got something to do with the protection on my blog, but will have a look to see if I can fix this. You should still be able to edit your own comments I would say!
I so love your new look!! It is georgous!!
Your stawberry sald with balsamic glaze looks very luscious!
I so love the combo of fresh strawberries with balsamic! It is so apart & so tasty too!
I have never tried strawberries with balsamic, sounds good. By the way, nice blog design, very sweet looking.
Like you I have always been tempted by this flavour combo, yet never been brave enough to try it
I’ve never combined these ingredients in a salad, but can imagine who delicious they are. Just got the word that local strawberries will be in this weekend. How’s that for timing! Your photos are wonderful…mouthwatering.
reds! nice looking salad!
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Yes, strawberries and balsamic glaze is unexpectedly delicious!
We used to make our own balsamic reduction, but it took so long… When we discovered the ready-made version, we started putting it on everything!
What a beautiful Spring salad and reminder to make this! I have made a similar one, but not for a very long while. I see you now have your photos on a slide show in the front page. LOVE IT.
The photography is gorgeous, and the next best thing to the aroma and taste of wholesome and delicious food – is the LOOK of it, and you have this one in the bag every post. YUM!
I was the same way, when I first heard about the strawberry/balsamic combination. But I agree, it is wonderful. Now this is also an intriguing play on that combination…I think I might have to try it!
Simple and beautiful. I love these flavours together.
When I first heard of the combo I thought it odd too. I still haven’t tried it. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’m not that fond of balsamic vinegar – because I’m Italian everyone assumes I must love it. It wasn’t a flavor I was brought up on and haven’t yet acquired a taste for it. But your salad looks so fresh and inviting… as so does your new look! I love it!
Looks great everything blends so well together!
I would dare to try this recipe…. is balsamic glaze like a glaze version of balsamic vinegar?
Simone, another post with fabulous shot! Thumbs uppp 🙂
Sawadee from Bangkok,
He Kris. I think Balsamic glaze is just a very concentrated form of balsamic vinegar as it is much thicker and kind of like a syrup. Maybe it is also slightly less sour. I actually don’t really know… 🙂 Gotta look it up!
A wonderful combination and great shots!
I forgot to say that I love your blog’s new look!
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I just had some strawberries with balsamic this week…love it too!
You need good balsamic vinegar or reduce it to concentrate it a bit.
Or you can just buy it ready made 🙂 (or am I being far too lazy now?)
I discovered this combo last year and loved it! I can’t wait to get my hands on some strawberries now!
Gorgeous photos, Simone! I especially love the one with the little blue flowers. So pretty.
Yum, I would never have thought of combining strawberries and tomatoes but I love the sound of this. It’s the second recipe of this nature I’ve read today that’s surprised me (the other being tomatoes and watermelon). I’ll try them both. Nice site.
Greetings from Gibraltar.
Tomatoes and watermelon sounds like a great combination too! Gotta try that also!