Cabernet Balsamic Strawberry Cucumber Salad

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Your taste buds will love you for giving them this fresh and easy Cabernet Balsamic Strawberry Cucumber Salad! It’s perfect for Summer!

This strawberry cucumber salad with balsamic cabernet dressing tastes like Summer!

I was so excited when Marzetti® invited me to create a fun salad recipe with one of their delicious Vineyard salad dressings. Have you tried them yet? Marzetti® Vineyard Dressings are inspired by the vine with incredible flavors like Mixed Berry Merlot, Dijon Champagne, and Asiago Peppercorn Chardonnay. Isn’t your mouth watering just from reading those names??

Besides the creative flavors, I really love Marzetti® Vineyard Dressing because it is on the lighter side but uses real ingredients. When it comes to prepared salad dressings, I usually feel like I have to choose between light or all natural but can’t have both. If you look at the Marzetti label, the ingredients are all real foods you recognize, but each flavor has only 60-80 calories per serving. You can find these dressings in the refrigerated produce department of your grocery store. (Use their handy Vineyard Dressing product locator to find these dressings near you!)

Marzetti Balsamic Cabernet pairs perfectly with berries and cucumber!

Speaking of the produce department, what better fresh produce to use for a summer salad than cucumbers and strawberries? I have seen recipes for strawberry cucumber salad floating around on Pinterest for quite a while but hadn’t tried making one myself. When I saw the Marzetti® Vineyard Dressing Balsamic Cabernet Dressing, I knew it would pair perfectly with refreshing cucumber and sweet berries.

Marzetti Balsamic Cabernet pairs perfectly with berries and cucumber!

Since the dressing already has a perfect balance of flavors, the only other things I needed to add to this summer salad were onion and sesame seeds. When my husband saw this salad on his dinner plate, he was more than a little skeptical about the flavor combo. He didn’t think he liked the idea of pairing strawberries and onions, but then he said he actually loved the two together. We both cleaned our plates when I served this fresh salad recipe with tilapia. I can’t wait to have it again!

This cucumber strawberry salad with balsamic cabernet dressing tastes like Summer!

How will you enjoy your Marzetti® Vineyard Dressing? Leave me a comment to let me know, or share a photo of your salad creation on Instagram and tag @wearychef. I can’t wait to see what you make!

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This cucumber strawberry salad with balsamic cabernet dressing tastes like Summer!

Cabernet Balsamic Strawberry Cucumber Salad

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This fresh and easy salad is perfect for Summer!

  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Stir all ingredients together in a large serving bowl. Cover tightly.
  2. Refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 240
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Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


6 years ago

Oh sure…………get my taste buds all excited and do ya think I can find the Cabernet balsamic dressing….. noooooooooo…….. now what?

Cathy Trochelman
8 years ago

I’m absolutey IN LOVE with this salad! It looks delicious….and gorgeous photos!

8 years ago

I never thought to combine cucumber and strawberry! That sounds like an amazing combination of textures!

Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
8 years ago

I really like mixing my veggies and fruits together to make a salad.

Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen
8 years ago

I’ve tried this dressing and it is fabulous! Love the way you’ve used it here. Such a fresh, flavor-filled bowl of ingredients!

Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good Food
8 years ago

What an interesting combination – can’t wait to try this!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
8 years ago

Strawberries and cucumber are BRILLIANT together! I can’t wait to try this! <3

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Oh thank you, Jenn! ?

Bintu | Recipes from a Pantry
8 years ago

This salad is absolutely beautiful! Marzetti salad dressings are some of my favorites because they have such great flavor!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you so much, Bintu! I love their fresh tasting dressings too :)

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