Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar


  • Bring the vinegar, granulated sugar, and lemon juice to a simmer in a small heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the syrup is reduced by half (to approximately 3 tablespoons), about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the vinegar syrup to a small bowl and cool completely.
  • With a spoon, lightly toss the berries and brown sugar in a large bowl. Let stand until the sugar dissolves and the berries exude some juice, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Pour the vinegar syrup over the berries, add pepper to taste, and toss to combine.
  • Divide the berries among individual bowls and serve immediately.