Strawberries, Peaches and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, June 20, 2012

I’ve been thinking about getting back to a little blogging lately, and this side dish from dinner tonight pushed me just enough.

So here I am.  Hello again, friends.  Let’s see if we can’t eat some awesome food this summer, how about it?

I think you should make this.  Because it’s simple.  Because the ingredients are all in season.  Because the orange vinaigrette is amazing.  I was drinking the leftovers with a spoon after dinner.  It’s just so, so good.  We finished it off with no problem and everyone raved about it.  I can see this becoming a regular attender to dinners here this summer, and it’d be great to take to a backyard bbq with friends too.


Strawberries, Peaches and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette

recipe from Cooking Light May 2012
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes.
  • Ready in 25 Minutes.
  • Makes: 4 Servings
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (We were out of blueberries when I made this the first time, but will add when I have them.)
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1 large ripe peach or nectarine, cut into 16 wedges
  • 1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves
  • Combine orange juice, sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 15 minutes). Add oil and salt to pan, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 2 minutes.
  • Combine berries and peach in a serving dish. Add juice mixture, stirring gently. Sprinkle with basil. Best served within 20 minutes of preparing for maximum flavor and optimal temperature.

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