Three of my favorite things on one plate. First, smoked 3-2-1 St. Louis-style ribs. Sauced with a BBQ sauce that combines two of my other favorites: strawberries and chipotles. That great sweet berry flavor with a hint of smoky spiciness. Strawberries are in season here, and I just love using them in everything from a strawberry poppy seed salad dressing to this BBQ sauce. The strawberry flavor isn’t strong, it’s there enough for you to notice. Same goes for the chipotle. You get the smoky, you get the kick, but it’s nice and not overwhelming.
I cannot wait to use this strawberry chipotle BBQ sauce on smoked pulled pork. Though I think the sauce would be great on anything smoked or grilled, I feel nothing can touch its greatness on pork. There’s something about strawberry and pork. Delicious!
Strawberries are in season here and it’s a happy time! I’ve been waiting for this moment to make this copycat of Panera’s strawberry poppy seed dressing. My patience was definitely rewarded and then some. This could easily be my favorite salad dressing of all time. Smooth strawberry flavor with just a bit of sweetness. White balsamic vinegar, while not as cheap as the dark version, is more mellow and adds a great tang.
I was curious what makes white balsamic vinegar more gentle than dark, so I Googled it. Turns out dark balsamic vinegar is aged for at least twelve years in barrels that have been fired and were previously used for other batches of balsamic vinegar. White balsamic vinegar, on the other hand, is aged at least twelve years in new barrels that have not been fired or used before. That explains the cleaner flavor! It’s perfect in this copycat Panera strawberry poppy seed dressing.
After I use up this batch of dressing (read: tonight), I think I’ll try the same recipe but using raspberries instead. Or peaches. I think this same approach could work well with any good in-season fruit.
Wow, this strawberry cheesecake salad is good. It’s sort of like a salad but you’ll want this for dessert… so it is a dessert salad!
I made this using lighter ingredients than the original recipe. It would be perfect for a picnic or family get-together.
I am going to make this salad again soon. I might try a few variations, like using blueberries and blueberry yogurt… or even chocolate chips and chocolate pudding! The possibilities are endless, but this strawberry cheesecake salad is great just as it is, absolutely perfect with in-season ripe strawberries.