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Recipe: Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette

Get the benefits of olive oil in this tasty dressing.

Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

If you want to add years to your life, it might be a good idea to top your salads with the favorite fat of the Mediterranean—a reason to try this vinaigrette recipe below. A 2022 observational study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that, among more than 90,000 men and women who were followed for 28 years, adding at least half a tablespoon or more of olive oil to a person’s daily diet could lower their risk of death from heart disease and cancer by an impressive 19% and 17%, respectively.

Olive oil was also associated with a 29% lower mortality risk for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Replacing about 10 grams a day (about ¾ tbsp) of butter, margarine, mayo, or dairy fat with the equivalent amount of olive oil was associated with a lower risk of early death as well by up to 34%.

The researchers, however, found no significant associations when substituting olive oil for other vegetable oils. The combination of monounsaturated fat and polyphenols in olive oil might be why it has a health advantage over other fats like butter. That makes this fruity dressing a top gun for any salad.

Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

1 C fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries

1/3 C fresh basil

1/4 C olive oil

2 T red wine vinegar or balsamic vineger

1/4 t red chili flakes

1/4 t salt

1/4 t black pepper

Place all of the ingredients in a blender container and blend until smooth. Makes enough for six salads.

See also: Grilled Salmon Spelt Salad With Blueberry Vinaigrette



Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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