Arugula with Strawberry Rosemary Dressing {AIP + seeds}

Strawberry Dressing WM

Strawberry Rosemary Dressing: also known as summer on a plate! You know how sometimes that plate you fixed for dinner just needs a little something extra to really make it a meal? This simple side salad is that something. All you need is a few minutes to throw a couple of fresh ingredients in a blender or mini food processor to make a summery dressing that makes greens sing! You would think that using strawberries as a base for a dressing would produce something overly sweet, but the ripe fruit is balanced out with some acidity from fresh lemon juice and then rounded out beautifully with the herbal tones of fresh rosemary. Strawberries with fresh rosemary isn’t a combination you see too often, but you really should: it’s like the grown up cousin of the standard strawberry-basil pairing. The poppy seeds are really optional, I just think they’re pretty! Go ahead and leave them out if you’re following Autoimmune Paleo. You can use this dressing on pretty much any salady greens, but the peppery bite of arugula is especially delicious.

Arugula with Strawberry Rosemary Dressing
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Serves: ¾ cup
Summery and simple, this dressing takes seconds to make and brightens up any salad greens, but is especially delicious with peppery arugula.
  • 1 packed cup of chopped strawberries
  • 1 tbl extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary (about 2 sprigs)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Optional (omit for AIP): 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 4 - 6 cups arugula leaves
  1. Add the strawberries, olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, salt & pepper to a mini food processor or blender. Chop until combined and smooth.
  2. Optional: stir in poppy seeds.
  3. Divide the arugula between 4 side plates and drizzle with dressing.
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  1. Sheila M says

    Oh, you make the choice so hard, but since we just had a spring time tea party and I had some issues making it good and tasty, would say that would be my choice. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Rayna Schwenzfeier says

    I have to say, I just started the Paleo diet (yesterday) and all of my life I have only ever liked ranch salad dressing. But I love strawberries and when I found this recipe online I thought I’d give it a try. I just made the dressing and..I love it. It is delicious. Sweet and tangy and fresh and perfect for livening up an otherwise plain salad. Thank you for posting this!


  1. […] 6. Strawberry Rosemary Dressing The use of strawberry in this dressing gives it a nice color, as well as the sweet fruity taste you’ve come to expect from strawberries. Fresh rosemary goes nicely with fresh strawberries, and they’re using olive oil and lemon juice to complete the dressing. They show this being served on a bed of arugula, but it can be used to flavor up any type of salad. Try this simple salad on for size: a bed of baby spinach leaves, fresh organic cucumber slices, a fresh tomato cut into wedges, and baby carrots sliced in half. It’s a simple and tasty salad with all Paleo friendly ingredients and this dressing goes nicely with it. […]

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