Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Kalena Ku + Kala'e

When life gives you Strawberries... make a dressing! If you're looking to spruce up your salad blend with a refreshing, homemade vinaigrette, try this recipe!

With only 8-ingredients, it's such a simple process that even the kids will want to get in on the action. And it may incline them to enjoy a fresh salad, too!

In our cooking tutorial video (see below), I was fortunate to have two of Hawai'i's hottest recording artists stop by, Kalena Ku DeLima and Kala'e Parish. Kalena may kill it onstage with her band Kapena (yes, THE Kapena!) butttt her culinary skills could use some work :) This recipe was so easy and delicious that it had her singing sweet melodies!

Watch our comical video and read on for the complete recipe.






  • 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries

  • 2 TBL Balsamic Vinegar

  • 2 TBL Honey (Raw preferred but regular honey works as well)

  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

  • 1/2 TBL Lime Juice

  • 1 clove of Minced Garlic

  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

  • 1 pinch of Salt


  1. Place Strawberries, Balsamic Vinegar, Honey, Lime Juice, Minced Garlic, Dijon Mustard and Salt into a blender. (Keep Vegetable Oil aside for now). Blend for 10-15 seconds until ingredients are thoroughly liquefied. Check to see that there are no chunks of strawberries! Blend again if necessary.

  2. Once your mixture is liquefied, cover and start the blender again, then carefully remove the cap or lid. We start the blending before removing the lid to avoid the initial splatter getting everywhere! Take the oil and slowly pour into the blender to emulsify with the mixed ingredients. Allow another 10-15 seconds for all ingredients to blend.

  3. That's it! Pour into a mason jar, bottle, container - whatever you have to store your dressing! Enjoy immediately on your favorite salad or be sure to refrigerate until you are ready to enjoy.

Remember, unlike store -bought dressings, this version is homemade with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. You may store in the refrigerator and eat later, however we recommend using within a one-week span.


Try this recipe for yourself and let us know how it goes! Tag us on your food pics on Social Media @painabyocean or send to! We'd love to feature your experiences in the kitchen!

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