Strawberry Fruit Salad with Basil & Mint

This strawberry salad is refreshing and full of fresh herbs like mint and basil. It’s one of my favorite fruit salads, especially in summer!

spooning goat cheese over strawberry salad

For those that know me, I am a really big fan of fresh herbs. I grow them in my Aerogarden all year round. I love the freshness and brightness they bring, and even better when I can just clip a few cuttings right from my kitchen!

I also am a really big fan of the savory + sweet combo. Pretzels & chocolate? Yes. Pears & blue cheese? Yep. Strawberries & balsamic & goat cheese? YUP.

chopped fruits and herbs for strawberry fruit salad

This recipe includes:

  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Shallots
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil 
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Goat cheese (optional)
  • Honey (optional)

Just a little bit of slicing, dicing, and give the ingredients a big mix and you’re set! Very simple and delicious as a summertime fruit salad. 

If you’d like to make this recipe as more of a traditional fruit salad, leave off the goat cheese. I like it there because it provides a nice tang but you do you!

close up image of strawberry fruit salad

Strawberry salad tips

Serving – This fruit salad is best served immediately after you make it. The balsamic vinegar tends to make the salad and goat cheese soggy the day after if you have any leftovers. The herbs will also not be as vibrantly colored either. I doubt you’ll have much left anyways!

Mind your knife cuts – Make sure to finely mince the shallot. You want to make sure they blend into the background of the dish so you don’t get such a harsh bite of onion! I also like to cut my cucumbers into rectangular shapes instead of the typical half moons. I like it looks pretty this way and it’s fun to play around with the textures!

strawberry fruit salad with goat cheese on the side

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Strawberry Fruit Salad with Basil & Mint

This strawberry salad is refreshing and full of fresh herbs like mint and basil. Best for summer nights on the patio.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry salad
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1 english cucumber seeds removed
  • 1 shallot finely minced
  • ½ cup fresh basil chiffonade (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup fresh mint chiffonade (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons of goat cheese optional
  • Drizzle of honey optional
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the strawberries, cucumber, shallot, and herbs. Add to a bowl and gently mix. Sprinkle the olive oil, balsamic, salt, and pepper and give a few more turns.
  • Garnish with goat cheese and drizzle with honey, if desired.


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