Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette

Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette
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Introducing Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette – a fruity, and creamy oil-free dressing that perfectly complements any mixed salad. Made with fresh, in-season strawberries and wholesome almonds, this dressing not only brings out a burst of flavor but also offers a healthier alternative to traditional vinaigrettes. With lower calorie content compared to olive oil-based dressings and the added benefits of fiber and protein, this dressing is a clear winner for those on a weight loss journey. Experience the irresistible combination of strawberries and almonds in this creamy vinaigrette, and elevate your salad game with a nutritious and delicious dressing option.

Quick and Easy Preparation without Blender

For those without a high-speed blender, fear not! You can still enjoy this delightful dressing by using a regular blender, although the consistency may differ slightly. Alternatively, substitute almond butter for a smoother texture, adjusting the quantities to match the weight of the almonds. Feel free to experiment and find what works best for you.

Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette Ingredients

Nut based Dressings for Weight Loss

Having tried fruit based vinaigrettes before, I always found them a little watery. And of course oil based vinaigrettes are fairly high calorie. In comparison:

Classic Vinaigrette (Olive Oil and White Wine Vinegar):
Calories: Approximately 132-140
Fat: Approximately 14-15 grams
Protein: Approximately 0 grams
Carbohydrates: Approximately 0 grams
Fiber: Approximately 0 gramsSugar: Approximately 0 grams

Compared to my Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette:
Total Estimated Nutrition per Portion:
Calories: Approximately 97-102
Fat: Approximately 7-8 grams
Protein: Approximately 3-4 grams
Carbohydrates: Approximately 7-8 grams
Fiber: Approximately 2-3 grams
Sugar: Approximately 3-4 grams

You can easily see the benefits here. Then I discovered nut based dressings while reading “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman and my dressing game changed daramatically. Not only does the nut base add additional flavour and nutrition, it also is lower calorie while being higher in nutrients. Contrary to the Nutritarian approach however, I do add salt to my recipes. Which brings me back to the pleasure aspect of this blog. Salt elevates the flavours of ingredients, so to me it is important. If you are on a low sodium diet, you could add more balsamic vinegar, since acidity is perceived as salty by our taste buds.

Simplify Your Meal Prep

To streamline my meal preparation, I prefer making a large jar of this Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette and storing it in the fridge. Rest assured, it stays fresh and flavorful for several days, allowing for easy and convenient use throughout the week.

Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette

A Nutritious and Flavorful Choice

Enjoy your salads with the Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette – a mouthwatering combination of vibrant strawberries and creamy almonds. This dressing not only adds a burst of flavor but also enhances the nutritional value of your meal. Whether you’re following a weight loss plan or simply looking for a healthier option, this vinaigrette is a must-try. Enjoy the convenience of its quick preparation and savor the freshness it brings to your salads.

For more healthy dressing ideas check my Black Garlic Cashew Ranch Dressing. You’ll never go back to mayo based ranch dressing after trying this.

Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette

Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette

Sonja
With strawberries being in season, this makes a fruity and creamy oil-free, nut-based dressing, which goes brilliant with pretty much any mixed salad. Apart from having much more flavour from strawberries and almonds and a creamier texture, the calories are a good bit lower than a classic vinaigrette made with olive oil, while providing fibre and protein, which the classic version doesn’t have. So, if you are trying to lose weight, that’s a clear win.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dressing, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 High Speed Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds soaked
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place the raw almonds in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak for at least 4 hours or overnight. This will soften the almonds and make them easier to blend. Alternatively pour freshly boiled water over them and let them stand for 1h.
  • Rinse the strawberries under cold water and remove the stems.
  • Drain the soaked almonds and add them to a high-speed blender (preferred option for a smooth dressing) or food processor. Add the strawberries, water, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a few basil leaves. Blend until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender occasionally to ensure everything is well mixed.
  • Taste the vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper according to your preference. Add a little at a time, tasting as you go, until the flavour is balanced to your liking.
  • Transfer the Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette to a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. Store it in the refrigerator for up to one week. When ready to serve, drizzle the vinaigrette over salads, roasted vegetables, or grilled meats. Shake well before each use to ensure the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Note: If you prefer a smoother vinaigrette, you can strain it through a fine-mesh sieve after blending to remove any almond or strawberry pulp, especially if you used a food processor instead of a high-speed blender.

Notes

Since I found the compared nutrition facts quite interesting, I’m posting them here for you:
Total Estimated Nutrition per Portion of Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette:
Calories: Approximately 97-102
Fat: Approximately 7-8 grams
Protein: Approximately 3-4 grams
Carbohydrates: Approximately 7-8 grams
Fiber: Approximately 2-3 grams
Sugar: Approximately 3-4 grams
Total Estimated Nutrition per Portion of Classic Vinaigrette
(Olive Oil and White Wine Vinegar):
Calories: Approximately 132-140
Fat: Approximately 14-15 grams
Protein: Approximately 0 grams
Carbohydrates: Approximately 0 grams
Fiber: Approximately 0 grams
Sugar: Approximately 0 grams

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal
Nutrition Facts
Almond Strawberry Vinaigrette
Amount per Serving
Calories
100
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Healthy, High Fibre, Protein, Vegetarian
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