Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a great combination and even better when you add red wine! There are many varieties of balsamic vinegar to choose from but for a reduction, you don’t need to choose an expensive brand but don’t buy the cheapest either.
Reduce the vinegar and wine in half by simmering and the end result is an amazing sauce that will compliment well with fruit, salads, meat or cheese. Served with strawberries or any berries, this makes an easy and healthy dessert.
No refrigeration is needed and you can store the sauce in a jar or squeeze bottle and have it ready when ever you need it!
- ½ cup dry red wine
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons sugar ( brown or white)
- Pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pint strawberries, stemmed and halved ( or quartered) lengthwise
- Mint for garnish (optional)
Simmer wine, balsamic vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan until reduced to half, approximately 15 minutes (stir or whisk occasionally). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow to cool. The sauce will thicken further upon cooling.
Place strawberries in a glass, bowl or plate and drizzle sauce over top. Garnish with mint, if desired.
Since berries can become mushy, you can make the sauce ahead but don’t leave the sauce in the berries for more than 3-4 hours.