Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Several years ago, when I was living on my own, I frequently ate what I called "kitchen sink salads." It was my entire meal. I'd buy some nice bagged lettuce or spinach (I'd refer to it as "garden weeds"), use either grilled chicken or hard-boiled egg for protein, and add whatever else I had around. That usually meant tomatoes, some sweet onion, hearts of palm, feta, and olives. I frequently made my own dressing as well because I've never been fond of store-bought vinaigrette.

This salad was one of the first things I made for Meredith. When we moved in together, I practically wasn't allowed to buy salad dressing - I had to make it myself. I think the only recent exception to that is the occasional bottle of Caesar dressing.

Recently, when a friend visited, I was asked what ever happened to the balsamic vinaigrette I used to make. I realized that I hadn't made it in some time and frequently make other less complex (and less tasty) dressings (and salads, for that matter). I decided it was time to give the kitchen sink salad another whirl.

Balsamic Vinaigrette (for a kitchen-sink salad)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp mustard (dijon or hot)
  • 1-2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • dash salt
  1. Add all ingredients to a small jar and mix with a fork until combined.
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  1. The dressing sounds like a great combo of flavors, can't wait to give it a try.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  2. I love balsamic (probably relevant in recent posts!) and this sounds yummy...will definitely try this.

  3. There's nothing like a good balsamic vinaigrette. I love storing it in mason jars also!

  4. Sometimes the basics really are the best! It looks terrific.

  5. I can totally relate to forgetting about recipes I used to use all the time. We are eating so many salads in this heat, we would enjoy a good balsamic vinaigrette! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  6. Love homemade dressings. This is a great one.


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