Low-Carb Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

Strawberry Vinaigrette
Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing. Juanmonino/E+/Getty Images
Total Time 10 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 8 servings Raspberry Vinaigrette

If you're looking for something a little different, this Low-Carb Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing recipe just might be the ticket.

This vinaigrette is great with any green salad, but I especially like it with this Strawberry Chicken Salad Recipe, which is a main-course salad with your choice of greens, grilled or broiled boneless, skinless chicken breast, toasted almonds or toasted pine nuts or toasted sunflower seeds. feta or Parmesan cheese and sliced strawberries.

Makes 8 (2-tablespoon) servings.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar (balsamic is even better, but carb counts vary, so be careful)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sweetener to taste (depends on sweetness of strawberries; you might not need it)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Purée 1/2 cup sliced strawberries in a blender or food processor.
     
  2. Add 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon mustard, salt and pepper to taste, and sweetener to taste. Blend well.
     
  3. Add 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Blend until creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Strawberries

Strawberries are highly nutritious, and they are one of the fruits that are lowest in sugar.

  Berries, including strawberries, are among the best choices of fruit on a low-carb diet.

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries: 5 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1.5 grams of fiber and 26 calories.
  • 1 large (1 3/8 inch in diameter) strawberry: 1 gram of effective (net) carbohydrate plus .5 grams of fiber and 6 calories.

Why Berries Are So Good for Us

The phytonutrients (such as anthocyanins, quercetin, and ellagic acid) in berries have an antioxidant effect. They counter the natural oxidation in the body that contributes to aging of the tissues and many degenerative illnesses such as cancer, dementia, and damage to the arteries. 

In fact, it's hard to think of a body part that isn't positively affected by these nutrients. Blueberries are especially high in these chemicals, perhaps the highest of all fruits.

Top 5 Best Berries

  • Strawberries: 1 cup of sliced strawberries contains a whole day's requirement for vitamin C.
  • Blueberries: Blueberries are a good source of vitamin E.
  • Blackberries: 1 cup of blackberries contain a day's worth of manganese.
  • Cranberries: 1 cup of cranberries contains between 4 and 9 grams of fiber.

    More Low-Carb Recipes with Berries

    Rate this Recipe

    You've already rated this recipe. Thanks for your rating!

    Continue Reading