White Balsamic Vinaigrette

I love white balsamic vinegar. It’s fruity, sweet and syrupy with a vinegar tang.  White Baslamic vinegar tastes so good that sometimes I will have a teaspoon of it just by itself or drizzle it over vanilla ice-cream.  This delicious vinegar is made from must which is freshly crushed grape juice that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit, in this case usually from white grapes such as Trebbiano grapes. This is then combined with regular white wine vinegar. The processing of the white grapes for white balsamic is designed to avoid coloration happening, rather than regular balsamic where the must is caramelized, causing the darker colour that it has. This step is omitted in making white balsamic vinegar. Instead, the must is cooked slowly under pressure to avoid that happening, and instead of being aged in charred barrels as regular balsamic is, white balsamic vinegar is aged in uncharred wooden barrels. Many times white balsamic vinegar is flavored with fruits such as white peaches, white nectarines, pears and raspberries, and their fruity fragrances comes through in the vinegar. If you come across white balsamic vinegar definitely get a bottle – it is worth the indulgence!! Now for this salad dressing, I just took my basic simple vinaigrette recipe and substituted it with white balsamic vinegar. I also added a clove of garlic to give the dressing a little edge, Give it a try!

 

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Whisk white balsamic vinegar and olive oil with salt and pepper until well blended.
  • Add the crushed garlic and whisk in.
  • Taste and adjust accordingly for salt.
  • Dressing is ready to toss with salad of your choice.

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For more information on white balsamic vinegar take a look at this article I referenced White Balsamic Vinegar

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