In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the Redpath Simply Raw™ with the water. If using, add the quartered strawberries (see Chef’s Tips). Add salt. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat if not using strawberries.
If a pink colour is desired and strawberries are being used, reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 5 minutes until strawberries have released their juices. Remove from heat and cool the simple syrup to room temperature.
Stir in the pure vanilla extract and lemon juice.
Strain the cooled syrup into an airtight container and place it into the fridge to chill completely; 20 to 30 minutes.