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Amazing Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Strawberries with Balsamic vinegar is one of my favorite Spring desserts. Any berries work, and don’t forget the black pepper. Trust me. This is a great berry desserts  recipe and so simple you can have dessert in just minutes!
strawberries with balsamic vinegar

My favorite Spring dessert is berries. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries; they all  make me thing Spring.

As their prices fall and they are sourced from places closer to me, they seem to become tastier. 

When looking for strawberries I try to find those that are all red, not those that have white tops.

You know the ones, I’m talking about, don’t you? The kind that looked like they use suncreen, but missed  one spot? And they are always hiding at the bottom of the plastic container.

Blueberries are my faves. I love the plump berries, covered in a white haze.

They develop that haze to protect them form the sun. To me, that means they must be ripe, because that is what good berries look like.

Tips for Storing Fresh Berries

You want them to shake around in their package which means they aren’t moldy and clumped together, but you don’t want them shriveled, which means they are old and dry.

I never wash my berries until I am ready to serve them.

When I bring them home I always open the container and take out the moldy or bruised ones so the others last longer.

I always store them in the refrigerator and I always eat them as soon as possible.

That’s never very hard because it always seems I am grabbing a handful to put in my mouth.

Zoe was the notorious berry stealer. That girl packs them away and I can never have enough berries to please her.

strawberries and balsamic vinegar in blue footed dish on red check cloth


Today is Sunday, the last day of May.

I don’t know about you but Sundays are busy for me.

In Denver we’ve been waiting for our weather to improve; translate that to no rain- and yesterday and today are those days!

I’ve been working on yard projects and trying to catch us up for the season.

Yesterday I finally was able to clean off the deck and put out some new cushions.

I must tell you that we really scored on a new power washer. We found it for less than half price at Tuesday Morning!

We also found two deck chairs that work perfectly for sitting in the yard-if I ever get to sit!

Why am I telling you this?

Well, all that busy work keeps me from the kitchen, though that doesn’t have to stop me from eating dessert.

In these cases, this simple strawberries and balsamic vinegar dessert is perfect served over ice cream or yogurt, or even with a spoonful of creme fraiche.

Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar

How to Make Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar:

The use of vinegar and pepper may sound odd, but combined with the sweetness of the berries makes a very refreshing, healthy dessert.

Plus it is fast, which makes it perfect on a busy day. 

But to be honest this makes an incredible dessert for any occasion.

Most people have not tried this simple dessert and are amazed at how good this is.

Start by rinsing your berries of choice.

Strawberries are perfect, but peaches work great, too.

Slice the berries and then douse with good balsamic vinegar that has been mixed with brown sugar.

Stir and ket macerate perhaps while eating dinner.

After dinner, spoon over vanilla ice cream or just add the balsmic strawberries to a dish and top with heavy whipped cream, mascarpone cheese or even creme fraiche.

Add a few grinds of black pepper and prepare to be amazed!

Strawberries and balsamic vinegar and black pepper make an incredible combination.

strawberries and balsamic vinegar
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strawberries and balsamic vinegar on red check cloth

Berries with Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: American


This simple berry dessert sounds a bit strange, I know. But trust me when I tell you, that it is always a hit! And it is so quick you can have dessert every night!


Units Scale

1 pint raspberries

4 big strawberries

Handful of blueberries

3 T brown sugar

1 T good Balsamic vinegar

3 grinds of fresh black pepper

Vanilla Ice Cream, Creme Fraiche, Sour Cream, Mascarpone or Whipped Cream


Combine berries with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Let macerate while you eat dinner.

Serve in a bowl over ice cream OR serve berries with just a spoonful of your favorite topping.

Don’t forger to sprinkle with pepper before serving.


This simply refreshing dessert can be made with any berry and even peaches!

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Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Wednesday 3rd of June 2015

I think your dessert looks beautiful. This will be on my table very soon. I have some expensive balsamic vinegar that I hoard and won't even use it in vinaigrettes. I believe I've found the perfect use for it. Thanks for sharing.

Shirley Tay

Wednesday 3rd of June 2015

The colours are making me so hungry, dear! Good luck to those participating in the giveaway! xoxo

SavoringTime in the Kitchen

Monday 1st of June 2015

I just followed you on Pinterest ;) I already follow you on Facebook and subcribe to TIHIC.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen

Monday 1st of June 2015

Whole Foods must love you :) Right now, my favorite way to use berries is in my morning smoothie, but as summer rolls along my favorite way to use them is in a sabayon for dessert.

Liz Berg

Monday 1st of June 2015

And, of course, I follow you :)