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Balsamic Strawberry Delight with Fresh Mint and Cashew Cream

Laura Theodore
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Preparation: 15
  • Passive: 180
  • Ready: 195

This dish is pleasingly light and refreshing with a true Italian flair.


For the cashew-vanilla cream

  • ½ cup chopped raw cashews
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the strawberries

  • 2 cups (1 pint) strawberries, halved
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint, plus several sprigs for garnish


Put the cashews and ¼ cup water into a small bowl. Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. Drain the cashews and rinse thoroughly in cold water. Put the soaked and drained cashews, maple syrup, ¼ cup water and vanilla in a blender container. Blend for 30 seconds, or until completely smooth (see Additional Notes). Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until chilled.

Put the strawberries, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, vinegar and chopped mint into a medium-sized bowl and gently stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour to allow the flavors to marry (see Additional Notes).

When ready to serve, spoon strawberries into 4 to 6 petite glasses or dessert dishes. Drizzle the cashew cream over the top, garnish with a mint sprig and serve!

Additonal notes

Recipe from Vegan For Everyone by Laura Theodore. Published by Scribe Publishing Company ©2020. (Revised from Laura Theodore’s Jazzy Vegetarian Classics/BenBella Books, 2013.) Reprinted by permission.

Photo Credit: Annie Olivero

“In this delectable dessert with a true Italian flair, the tart balsamic vinegar combined with sweet maple syrup and fresh mint enhances the flavor of fresh, juicy strawberries. Topped with a light vegan whipped “cream,” this dish is pleasingly light and refreshing.”

Chef’s note: For a thick, whipped-topping consistency, blend the cashews with 2 tablespoons water (in place of the ¼ cup). Start to blend and add more water, if needed. For a thinner topping consistency, add an additional tablespoon (or 2) of water before blending.

Chef’s note: If desired, you can serve the strawberries right away; however, the flavors will be less developed.

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