16 Ways To Enjoy Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar

a baking dish of baked strawberries with balsamic vinegar
Photo: LauraF

Ruby red strawberries married with syrupy balsamic vinegar — it's one of those combos that sounds like it shouldn't work, but as anyone who has ever tried it knows, it just does. The sweet acidity of a good balsamic vinegar works magic in oodles of strawberry dishes, from desserts to salads to preserves. Here we've rounded up all of our top-rated recipes that combine strawberries and balsamic for a match made in heaven.

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Balsamic Strawberries

This five-ingredient dessert is as sophisticated yet effortless as it gets. Fresh strawberries are paired with balsamic vinegar and served warm over vanilla ice cream.

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Strawberry-Feta Chicken Salad with Roasted Strawberry-Balsamic Dressing

This salad has it all — chicken, leafy greens, ruby red strawberries, crunchy nuts, and creamy feta, all dressed in a light balsamic dressing. This is a summer main dish salad that's guaranteed to reappear on the menu!

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Strawberry Balsamic Jam

strawberry jam with balsamic vinegar and sprigs of fresh thyme

Once you try this twist on a classic strawberry jam, you may never go back! Balsamic vinegar adds a special something to the jam without overpowering it. The addition of thyme is totally optional, but well worth a try.

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Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

two slices of toast with goat cheese topped with balsamic strawberries
Jennifer Baker

Chef John marries syrupy balsamic-coated strawberries with goat cheese and toasted crusty bread for an anytime snack that doubles as an impressive appetizer.

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Strawberry Compote

Allrecipes Allstar France C's top-rated strawberry compote recipe has a secret ingredient — you guessed it, balsamic vinegar. No need to tell picky eaters first, just relish watching them devour this on toast or over ice cream and spill the beans later!

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Fragola Pazzo (Crazy Strawberry)

Good quality balsamic is essential for this five-ingredient Italian dessert. Read the reviews to hear firsthand from strawberry-balsamic converts. Says Allrecipes Allstar Yoly: "Sooo good! Who would have thought that this combination would work? I loved it."

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Spring Prosecco Strawberry Risotto

Allrecipes Allstar Buckwheat Queen has created what must be the world's most romantic-sounding risotto recipe. This recipe marries strawberries with balsamic in a creamy risotto embellished with prosecco and goat cheese. The recipe is made for two, perfect for a romantic evening.

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Fresh Fruit in Balsamic Pepper Syrup

Recipe creator Anuja calls for strawberries and blueberries in this fresh take on fruit salad, but you could mix it up with other berries or even sliced peaches. Enjoy with whipped cream or Greek yogurt.

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Strawberry-Tomato Caprese Salad

The classic caprese gets a fruit upgrade! This delicious salad is a summertime must and guaranteed to impress. We also won't judge if you leave out the tomatoes and go all-in on the strawberries here, either.

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Strawberry, Ginger and Mint Sekanjabin

a glass of strawberry, ginger, and mint syrup diluted in water with ice
Irene Y

The rave reviews say it all for this sekanjabin, an Iranian syrup enjoyed in summertime drinks. White balsamic vinegar combines with strawberries, ginger, and mint for a syrup to enjoy all summer long in tall glasses of ice-cold water. Take is from reviewer CASSIE: "I was afraid to use the white balsamic vinegar but it is SO GOOD!"

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Strawberry Goat Cheese Pretzel Bites

pretzel bites with goat cheese, strawberries and balsamic vinegar
Jude the great cook

These bites have it all -- they're salty, sweet, and tangy. A perfect dish for summer outdoor entertaining, your guests will devour them in no time but still be talking about the strawberry-balsamic combo long after the party's over.

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Basil Cake with Balsamic Strawberries

If you're feeling extra adventurous, try this Bundt cake that features a hint of basil, which is then topped with a strawberry-balsamic sauce. While some reviewers couldn't get past the basil, plenty loved it! Says grandmacj69, "I tried this recipe because it was so different from other cake recipes. My husband likes it so much he had two pieces."

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Filet Mignon and Balsamic Strawberries

If filet mignon doesn't already make you feel fancy, try it topped with balsamic strawberries. Plenty of reviewers love this recipe, giving it five stars, like this one from TheGumper: "I wasn't sure I'd like this but it's superb - made it for Valentine Day and again the next day because it was so good."

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Spinach Salad with Grilled Salmon and Strawberries

Balsamic vinaigrette and fresh strawberries play a starring role in this beautiful salmon and spinach salad, a creation from Allrecipes Allstar Bibi.

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Strawberry and Balsamic Gelato

a glass bowl of strawberry balsamic gelato

This four-ingredient gelato couldn't be easier to make! Strawberries are roasted with balsamic vinegar to intensify flavor, then once cool the mixture is combined with whipping cream and poured into an ice cream maker. A truly delicious way to enjoy in-season strawberries.

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Baked Strawberries

Baking strawberries concentrates their flavor, while adding balsamic provides a bright contrast. The sky's the limit as to how you can enjoy these strawberries. As recipe creator LauraF suggests, "These would be a great topping on ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, pound cake, or chocolate cake."

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More Inspiration

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