Balsamic Strawberries with Mint and Cracked Black Pepper

This quick and easy recipe for Balsamic Strawberries combines sweet and spicy flavors. A taste combination that you will love and tastes like something served in an elegant restaurant.

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a dish of balsamic strawberries with mint.

This sophisticated dessert is perfect for those summer sweet strawberries. Check out all of our Dessert Recipes for inspiration!

Strawberries are definitely a fruit that goes well with balsamic vinegar.

a dish of balsamic strawberries with mint.

IN THIS POST: Everything you need to make Balsamic Strawberries

Ingredients for this recipe:

  • strawberries
  • balsamic glaze – I have an easy How to make Balsamic Reduction tutorial. You can also buy it if you choose. You can find it next to the balsamic vinegar.
  • fresh mint – look for the tiny whole mint leaves in the bunch for a cute presentation
  • cracked black pepper

If you are looking for a way to bring out the flavor in your strawberries, a balsamic glaze is a way to do it.

You might be thinking “pepper on strawberries?” but it is so good! Trust. The pepper enhances the natural sweetness of the strawberries.

How to make Balsamic Strawberries:

These are very simple instructions.

First, start by chopping up the fresh strawberries (snacking on a few as go, of course! ? ) and placing the slices in a large mixing bowl.

a bowl of chopped berries.

Second, drizzle the balsamic reduction or balsamic glaze over the berries.

Third, add the cracked black pepper to the mixture.

berries in a bowl being stirred with pepper and balsamic glaze.

Finally, stir in the mint.

fresh mint leaves being stirred into a bowl of berries.

I highly recommend these strawberries with balsamic vinegar! It is a fabulous last-minute dessert that you can throw together easily.

a dish of berries garnished with fresh mint.

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions:

  • Serve this healthy dessert on its own in a dish.
  • Enjoy as a topping for vanilla ice cream or yogurt.
  • Add on top of angel food cake or pound cake with a dollop of whipped cream for a twist on the traditional strawberry shortcake.
  • Make your breakfast a fancy affair by using balsamic berries as a topping for waffles or pancakes.
  • Serve with salad! Arugula salads are delicious with these berries.
  • Add on top of grilled protein such as chicken or salmon.
  • Make a strawberry bruschetta by layering pieces of crostini toast with cream cheese or ricotta and balsamic strawberries.
  • Substitute fresh basil instead of mint to switch up the flavor.

The balsamic reduction and the cracked pepper take your berries to a whole new level. Keep in mind that these berries won’t keep in the fridge so serve and enjoy them right away.

a dish of balsamic strawberries with mint.

This recipe for Balsamic Strawberries with fresh mint and Cracked Black Pepper takes no time to prepare but just oozes gourmet. It will impress guests, and family, and maybe you will even impress yourself.

More healthy Strawberry Recipes:

a dish of balsamic strawberries with mint.

*This recipe was originally posted on June 27, 2013, updated on December 10, 2020, and updated again on May 7, 2022, with recipe notes, writing, and new photos.**

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a dish of balsamic strawberries with mint.

Balsamic Strawberries with Fresh Mint and Cracked Black Pepper

Sharon Rhodes
This fancy-sounding recipe for Balsamic Strawberries with fresh mint and Cracked Black Pepper is actually really easy to make and tastes like something from an elegant restaurant.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 32 kcal



  • Rinse and chop strawberries into slices and transfer them into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour balsamic reduction over the berries and stir. Add in mint leaves and a few turns of cracked pepper and stir again.
  • Spoon into four dessert dishes and garnish with more mint.
  • Serve immediately. This will not keep in the fridge. See below for more serving ideas.



  • Serve this healthy dessert on its own in a dish.
  • Enjoy as a topping for vanilla ice cream or yogurt.
  • Add on top of angel food cake or pound cake with a dollop of whipped cream for a twist on the traditional strawberry shortcake.
  • Make your breakfast a fancy affair by using balsamic berries as a topping for waffles or pancakes.
  • Serve with salad! Arugula salads are delicious with these berries.
  • Add on top of grilled protein such as chicken or salmon.
  • Make a strawberry bruschetta by layering pieces of crostini toast with cream cheese or ricotta and balsamic strawberries.
  • Substitute fresh basil instead of mint to switch up the flavor.


Serving: 4Calories: 32kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Easy, fast and delicious. A nice variation on just plain strawberries. The mint was a nice touch!

    1. Thanks Jean! And I agree about the mint. Tastes delish and looks elegant for presentation.

  2. Can’t wait to give it a try,……I am hosting a few friends this weekend and this recipe is just right for them….. simple yet a crowd-pleaser.

  3. 5 stars
    I am loving this delightful dessert; I can only imagine the Flavor combinations! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    Really great flavors in this and was more than pleasantly surprised how addicting will make again for sure!

    1. I knooowwww!! It is surprisingly good. And goes with lots of different things. 🙂 Thanks Claudia!

  5. 5 stars
    This is such a sophisticated dessert! The sweetness of the strawberries really is complimented by the sweet-tart of the balsamic vinegar. What I did is top the strawberries on my homemade vanilla ice cream. Talk about delish!! I don’t think I want to have my strawberries without the balsamic reduction. This is a great idea.

    1. Right? Sophisticated is a great word. But still so easy! I love the idea of adding the vanilla ice cream – and homemade to boot. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe looks incredibly refreshing. All these colours and freshness. Will definitely save this to make soon. Recipe pinned!