Balsamic Strawberries with Mint

This quick and easy recipe for Balsamic Strawberries combines sweet and spicy flavors. You will love this flavor combination – it tastes like something served in an elegant restaurant.

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A plate of balsamic strawberries.

This sophisticated (yet simple!) recipe is perfect for summer sweet strawberries. For more inspiration, check out our other Summer Recipes.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • This balsamic strawberry recipe takes no time to prepare but just oozes gourmet. It will impress guests and family, and maybe you will even impress yourself.
  • It is a fabulous last-minute dessert that you can throw together easily.
  • Strawberries are a fruit that goes well with balsamic vinegar, and if you are looking for a way to bring out the flavor in your strawberries, a balsamic glaze is a way to do it.
  • This recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free. Bonus!
A plate of balsamic strawberries.


Find the complete ingredient list, with measurements, in the recipe card below.

  • Strawberries – This recipe is tailor-made for fresh summer strawberries.
  • Balsamic Glaze – If you want to make it yourself, we have an easy tutorial on how to make balsamic glaze. You can also buy it. It is usually next to the balsamic vinegar in the grocery store.
  • Fresh Mint – Look for the tiny whole mint leaves in the bunch for a cute presentation.
  • Cracked Black Pepper – This is optional, but adds such a unique touch. Just a few grinds of pepper enhance the strawberries’ natural sweetness.

Expert Tip!

For choosing the most flavorful strawberries, look for ones that are bright red in color and are uniformly sized. This ensures the best flavor and even ripeness.


  • Cutting board and knife – For slicing the strawberries and chopping mint.
  • Mixing bowl and spoon – For stirring the ingredients together.
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Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the FULL recipe details.

Step 1

First, hull and slice the fresh strawberries (snacking on a few as you go, of course! ) and place the slices in a large mixing bowl.

A bowl of chopped berries.

Step 2

Second, drizzle the balsamic glaze over the berries.

Then, add the cracked black pepper to the mixture and give it a toss.

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

Step 3

Finally, toss in the chopped mint.

Give it one last gentle stir.

Fresh mint leaves being stirred into a bowl of berries.

Step 4

You can now leave the mixture for up to an hour or serve right away.

Leaving it longer allows the flavors to really develop.

After plating, you can drizzle on more balsamic glaze if desired.

A plate of balsamic strawberries.


  • Substitute the mint with different fresh herbs, such as fresh basil, to switch up the flavor.
  • Use balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup instead of the balsamic glaze.

Recipe Variations

  • Experiment with different berries like blackberries and fresh cranberries.
  • Blend balsamic strawberries with honey or agave syrup and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze until solid for a refreshing and healthy frozen treat.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve this in a dish as a healthy dessert. Garnish with more fresh mint leaves.
  • Enjoy as a topping for vanilla ice cream or yogurt, along with some granola for crunch.
  • 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! This arugula salad with goat cheese is delicious with these berries.
  • Add on top of grilled protein such as chicken or oven roast salmon.
  • Make a strawberry bruschetta by layering pieces of crostini toast with cream cheese or ricotta with the balsamic strawberries.


Can balsamic strawberries be made ahead of time for a party or event?

Yes, they can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to four hours. However, to maintain freshness and flavor, it’s best to assemble any dishes or desserts containing balsamic strawberries shortly before serving.

Storage Tips

This dish does not keep longer than 4 hours. We recommend letting it sit for one hour to absorb the flavor, but anything longer than four hours will actually break the berries down into mush. 

A plate of balsamic strawberries.

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**This recipe was originally posted on June 27, 2013, updated on December 10, 2020, and updated again on March 14, 2024, with recipe notes, writing, and new photos.**

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A plate of balsamic strawberries.

Balsamic Strawberries with Fresh Mint

Sharon Rhodes
This quick and easy recipe for Balsamic Strawberries combines sweet and spicy flavors. You will love this flavor combination – it tastes like something served in an elegant restaurant.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 65 kcal



  • Rinse and chop strawberries into chunks 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.
  • Serve immediately or let sit for up to an hour covered in the fridge. Stir again before serving.



This dish does not keep longer than 4 hours. We recommend letting it sit for one hour to absorb the flavor, but anything longer than four hours will actually break the berries down into mush. 


Serving: 4Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 229IUVitamin C: 65mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword balsamic strawberries, strawberry recipes
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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!

5 from 10 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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