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!

Brie Basil and Strawberry Salad - A simple, unforgettable combination!

Why You Must Make

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.

  • Adding Brie to a salad makes it an entree! 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.

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Salt, Black Pepper, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dijon Mustard (Grey Poupon)
  • Brie – Rind removed and cut into cubes. Freeze briefly to firm up the Brie and use a sharp knife to slice.
  • Fresh Strawberries – Remove hulls and slice.
  • Celery – Mince to add a little crunch to the salad.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – Use a well-aged balsamic. I buy a syrupy 18-year-old vinegar.
  • Butter or Bib Lettuce – Go for a tender lettuce. Rinse and spin dry (if you have a salad spinner)
  • Fresh Basil – Minced. Basil and strawberries pair nicely.
Brie Basil and Strawberry Salad | A simple, unforgettable combination!

Expert Tips

  • Pick the freshest, fragrant strawberries for this salad. Save this recipe for when you can purchase seasonal berries.
  • Slicing soft cheeses can be difficult. Place your Brie in the freezer for about 30 minutes to allow it to become firm. Remove the rind and cut it into cubes.
  • Dijon mustard (or 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.
Brie Basil and Strawberry Salad | A simple, unforgettable combination!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Health Benefits of Strawberries?

Though lots of fruit is 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!

Are Strawberries a Superfood?

Yes, 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.

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Brie Basil and Strawberry Salad | Ripe berries and creamy brie pair deliciously in this gorgeous salad

Basil, Brie and Strawberry Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings

A fresh berry salad with chunks of creamy Brie and basil.


  • 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
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

To plate:

  • Butter or bib lettuce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil


  1. Combine strawberries and celery in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Make the vinaigrette by whisking together vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Continue whisking while slowly drizzling in olive oil.
  3. Arrange lettuce on individual serving plates or platter. Toss the berry mixture with vinaigrette (start with 3 tablespoons).
  4. Sprinkle with brie cubes and basil.
  5. Serve with more vinaigrette if desired.


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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 421mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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