2/3 cup sliced strawberries 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 shallot, chopped 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (1 tsp. dried thyme) 1 1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper Combine all ingredients and 1/4 cup water in a blender and blend until very smooth. Makes about 1 cup to serve 8. NOTE: This flavorful fat-free salad dressing is great over spinach and arugula, and it's also delicious as a dip for pear or apple wedges or raw vegetables.