Luscious ripe berries are a terrific addition to side dishes like this beautiful, irresistible and tasty Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad.
When strawberry season arrives, I immediately start dreaming of strawberry shortcakes topped with dollops of sweetened whipped cream. But don’t limit yourself to desserts as this Berry and Brie Salad is a delightful summer side dish!
Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad
Gorgeous, ripe strawberries are typically featured in my fruit salads, but I wanted to share a salad that was more substantial, even suitable for a light lunch. This meant a protein source was in order. And what better than Brie? The tiny cubes add a creamy contrast to the berries and celery without blowing the diet.
Just like whipped cream is the perfect pairing with strawberries in the classic shortcake, this luscious brie is an ideal match for these berries bathed in vinaigrette. Every bite of this basil, brie and strawberry salad was a delight to the palate.
What Are the Health Benefits of Strawberries?
Though lots of fruits are off limits on low-carb diets, strawberries are A-OK. Plus they are chock full of vitamin C—you only need 8 medium berries to fulfill your daily requirement. Besides that, ripe, in-season strawberries are incredibly delicious!
You’ve heard of superfoods, haven’t you? Well, strawberries are on that list! They are packed with nutrients, like the aforementioned Vitamin C, and are full of antioxidants, folic acid and potassium. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help fight obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. So why not put strawberries on your shopping list. Your whole family will be thrilled to see strawberries on the menu.
Berries are currently being harvested in Florida, so check your market for Florida strawberries and throw them in smoothies, make salsas for your chicken or seafood or add them to your salads! Don’t miss all the terrific strawberry recipes below!
Tips for Making a Berry Brie Salad
Pick the freshest, fragrant strawberries for this salad. Save this recipe for when you can purchase seasonal berries.
Slicing soft cheeses can be a pain. Place your Brie in the freezer for about 30 minutes to allow it to become firm. Remove the rind and cut into cubes.
Dijon mustard (0r any mustard) will help emulsify your salad dressing. This means it will thicken and is less likely to separate.
To make sure your salad dressing emulsifies, it’s important to slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking constantly.
More Strawberry Recipes
- Sparkling Strawberry Sangria from Family Foodie
- Chef Salad with Strawberry Croutons from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Classic Strawberry Shortcake
- Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
- Cream Cheese Strawberry Pie
- Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream
- Fresh Strawberry Souffles
- More Salad Recipes
- 2-3 ounces brie, rind removed and cut into cubes
- 16 ounces, Florida strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons minced celery
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Butter or bib lettuce
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
- Combine strawberries and celery in a bowl. Set aside.
- Make vinaigrette by whisking together vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Continue whisking while slowly drizzling in olive oil.
- Arrange lettuce on individual serving plates or platter. Toss berry mixture with vinaigrette (start with 3 tablespoons). Sprinkle with brie cubes and basil.
Reserve leftover balsamic vinaigrette for other salads.
Olive oil will congeal if left in the fridge for long periods, so make salad within a few hours of serving. Bring leftover salad dressing to room temperature before using.
Brie can be difficult to cut. You may want to spray your knife with a non-stick cooking spray or just pull off tiny pieces to add to your salad.