There are things in life that we all know go well together. Peanut butter and jelly, milk with cookies, salt and vinegar - you get the point. There are other things in life that are kind of surprising when they go well together, such as strawberries and balsamic vinegar. I never would have thought it up myself, but luckily there are geniuses out there who can think of those tasty combos and then share them with people like me! They really do go very well with each other.
I first sampled strawberries and balsamic together in a strawberry caprese salad from Pink Parsley. That lead me to want to search for more strawberry and balsamic combinations, and I stumbled across this recipe for strawberry-balsamic sauce. It is a super tasty sauce and it goes well on vanilla ice cream, Greek yogurt, spinach salads, pancakes, or anything else you can dream of. Greg and I loved the sauce on vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce Recipe
1 cup of thinly sliced strawberries, stems removed
2 Tbsp. of Balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
2 small fresh basil leaves, torn in to small pieces
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and set the pan over medium-high heat. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring almost constantly until the mixture reaches the consistency of s a syrup. Remove from heat. Serve warm or cool over pancakes, toast, yogurt, ice cream, or other favorites. Store in airtight container in the fridge.
Recipe Adapted from: Savory Sweet Life
Strawberries are the best when they are in their peak season, which is between April and July. To get the best bang for your buck, purchase strawberries from your local growers. Purchasing from local growers will ensure that the berries will be very flavorful and fresh. Look for berries that are red in color and very shiny. Remember that smaller berries usually carry the most sweetness. If you would like to find farmers markets near you, check out the USDA farmers market search.