Think about one of the most iconic food pairings out there: peanut butter and chocolate. The combination of both sweet and savory elements makes this duo completely irresistible. And there are so many ways you can capture this dueling flavor profile! So we riffed off of this idea and created a strawberry parfait recipe with balsamic vinegar.
When you take fresh, juicy strawberries that are drizzled with honey and mixed with tangy, balsamic vinegar, you get a sophisticated flavor that’s perfectly sweet while also being delightfully savory. We even added a dash of ground black pepper to the mix, which surprisingly helps to amp up the flavor of all the ingredients. All together, this dish is makes for an excellent afternoon snack or a satisfying dessert.
Although this strawberry parfait recipe might seem like something that’s off limits on a healthy diet, it’s totally fair game! We used Greek yogurt as the base, so you get in a hearty punch of protein with this dessert, while still enjoying something that’s smooth and creamy.
This dish is also so easy to put together. All in all, it takes about 15 minutes to whip up four parfaits. The only prep work is slicing the strawberries and mixing everything together! But if you do happen to have some extra time, you can let the strawberries mix with the honey, balsamic vinegar, and pepper for 30 minutes to an hour. Then, when you layer the mixture with the Greek yogurt, all of the flavors are fully melded together.
The next time you’re craving something sweet and satisfying, opt for this parfait recipe instead of grabbing a sugar-laden carton of ice cream. Not only will this complex combination of flavors appeal to both your sweet tooth and your salty side, but this dish will also nip any hunger pang in the bud thanks to the 19 grams of protein. Now that’s a dessert worth raving about!
Strawberry Parfait With Balsamic Vinegar
This strawberry parfait recipe uses balsamic vinegar to make a perfect sweet and savory dessert. Plus, it's high in protein thanks to the Greek yogurt!
- 60 large strawberries sliced; reserve 4 slices for garnish
- 1 Tbsp. +1 tsp. honey raw
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- 3 cups plain (2%) greek yogurt
Combine strawberries, honey, vinegar, and pepper in a medium bowl; toss gently to blend. Set aside.
Place ¼ cup yogurt in each of four large serving glasses. Top with ½ cup strawberry mixture, ¼ cup yogurt, remaining ½ cup of strawberry mixture, and remaining ¼ cup yogurt.
Garnish each glass with a strawberry slice.
If you have time, let strawberry mixture sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour to meld the flavors together.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.