1/3 cup (80 mL) balsamic vinegar

1 cup (135 g) hulled and sliced strawberries

1 cup (160 g) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

1 medium ripe avocado, pitted and diced

1/3 cup (8 g) loosely packed basil leaves, chiffonade cut

1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Pink Himalayan salt or fine sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Toasted sesame seeds or chopped pecans, for serving


  • In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar to a simmer over medium heat. Once the vinegar starts to simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 6 to 10 minutes, uncovered, until the vinegar thickens, and reduces in volume by half. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, add the strawberries, tomatoes, avocado, and basil into a large shallow bowl.
  • Drizzle on the oil and gently toss until the veggies are coated. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss again just briefly.
  • Scatter on your desired amount of toasted seeds or nuts. Drizzle on all of the balsamic reduction.
  • Serve immediately. This salad is definitely best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for a few hours if necessary.

Makes 2 servings