Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Drizzle

This Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Drizzle is my new favorite summer-time salad!  When strawberries are at their peak, you need to try this one out.  It’s not a greens-based salad, which makes it ideal for prepping ahead.  Just lovely mouthfuls of fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, avocados, toasted pecans and, of course, ripe strawberries!  Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top, add some fresh basil and ta-da!  A beautiful, healthy and mouth-watering salad!

I love this salad for its simplicity.  It’s bursting with flavor and color.  It’s healthy, easy, and quick to make.

The first thing to make is the balsamic glaze.  All you have to do is simmer the balsamic vinegar until it reduces down into a thick syrup.  You can also buy balsamic glaze these days in most grocery stores.  Either will work perfectly!

To assemble, place the strawberries, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado, pecans and basil in a bowl.  Drizzle and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Gently toss the salad and drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top.

Seriously easy, right?  Enjoy!

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Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Drizzle

Makes: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup halved mini mozzarella balls
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1/3 cup pecans, toasted
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed basil, torn
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar to a high simmer over medium heat. Stir, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vinegar has thickened and reduced by half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Place the strawberries, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado, pecans and basil in a shallow bowl or platter. Drizzle with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Gently toss. Drizzle with the reduced balsamic.

Recipe by Love and Lemons


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