Strawberry Stackers with a Balsamic Glaze

Sometimes less really is more.

Strawberry Stackers with a Balsamic Glaze

I don’t know about you, but after this past holiday I need a serious break from potato salads, grilled (vegan) sausages, and chips and dip! These stackers make the perfect guilt-free snack or appetizer for any summer occasion. The vibrant pink and green of garden-fresh produce really make this dish stand out. The beauty is in the simplicity. :)

Lately I’ve been in love with this balsamic glaze from “Trader Giotto’s”. There are a lot of different brands out there, or you can make your own if you’ve got the time. I brought home a bottle and ended up finding nearly 100 recipes to use it with (like a Vegan Caprese Salad perhaps?).

Making Homemade Balsamic Glaze

If you want to make it from scratch, start with about 2 cups of balsamic vinegar and mix in 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir it constantly until the sugar is dissolved completely. Bring it to a boil for about 20 seconds, and then reduce it to a simmer, stirring occasionally. The glaze should be ready in about 15-20 minutes- it will be reduced to nearly 1/2 of the original volume and should coat the back of a spoon. Let it cool in the fridge prior to serving.

Drizzle over pasta, pizza, salads, vegan ice cream, or strawberry stackers!  

Strawberry Stackers with a Balsamic Glaze

Strawberry Stackers with Balsamic Glaze


  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 1/2 Pound Strawberries
  • 1 Avocado
  • 4-6 Mint Leaves
  • Drizzle of Balsamic Glaze (homemade or store bought, like Trader Joe’s brand)


  1. Slice the cucumbers, strawberries, and avocados.
  2. Roughly chop the mint leaves.
  3. Stack!
  4. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with mint leaves.

Yields about 20 stackers (depending upon the size of your cucumbers and berries).

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