This Strawberry, Cucumber, and Basil Salad recipe is a perfect way to enjoy summer produce. One online reviewer says, "My family loves this salad. We've been making it for years. When strawberries are in season I make it as often as I can." Serve as a side salad, starter, or snack.
4 cups hulled strawberries, quartered (1 pound)
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and toss gently to coat. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Combine cucumbers and juice; toss to coat. Add cucumber mixture, salt, and pepper to strawberry mixture; toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.
as the others stated, it is refreshing!! i only used 1 cup of berries and 1 cup of cucumber......just sprinkled and shook other ingredients..... didn't want much leftover like one reader had mentioned. will make again. served with a steak and mashed potato dinner. there's another strawberry and basil recipe on CL that adds kiwi fruit and half and half......that is also really good !!!!
My family loves this salad. We've been making it for years. When strawberries are in season I make it as often as I can. I use hothouse cucumbers. There's no need to peel or seed them. It's a Keeper, and is great to take to a BBQ.
I didn't read the instructions ahead of time, so I tossed the strawberries with the vinegar and left out the sugar. My berries were super sweet from the farmer's market so they probably didn't need extra sugar anyway. Then I mixed them with the cucumber. Super refreshing and easy. I served as a side to a bean soup.
Salad was AWESOME. You must follow recipe and serve immediately and it won't get mushy. Any recipe w/ acid in it will start to cook and why would anyone save a "dressed fresh" salad???? Never save leftovers of this type, just cut recipe in half (I did). Very filling and so low in fat and calories! Beautiful flavor combination. I served with grilled halibut.
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