Tag Archives: salad dressings and vinaigrettes

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! Continue reading White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing with Mint and Chives.

If you like ranch dressing, try this Greek yogurt salad dressing with mint and chives. Mint adds a nice refreshing flavor while the chives and fresh garlic give this dressing a sharp edgy bite. If you don’t have chives growing in the garden, substitute with green onions or finely chopped shallot. Continue reading Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing with Mint and Chives.

Sugar & Shallot Vinaigrette

Sugar?  In a vinaigrette? What?  Is that what you are thinking? These days when so many of us are trying to minimize sugar in as many dishes as we can, to see old-fashioned sugar being used in a vinaigrette – it’s let’s just say – it’s sweet. I recently had a delectable lettuce salad that my friend Donna made with sweet sugar vinaigrette. Interestingly, sugar makes this vinaigrette very light, unlike honey, agave nectar or maple syrup that can add extra color and flavor. Sugar on the other hand just dissolves into the vinaigrette adding just a bit of sweetness that is very refreshing.  Try it! Continue reading Sugar & Shallot Vinaigrette

Fig Jam Vinaigrette Dressing

When I want a change from my usual vinaigrette, I like to make a Fig Jam Vinaigrette, which is sweeter, thicker, and has a wonderful Mediterranean fig flavor along with little bits of mashed figs. Used to be I could only find fig jam at specialty grocery stores, but nowadays fig jam can be found at most grocery stores in their deli section.

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For a thicker salad dressing packed with sweet fruit flavor, a Fig Jam Vinaigrette is the one. Continue reading Fig Jam Vinaigrette Dressing

Pickled Onion Vinaigrette

Hey folks, have you had a chance to make easy pickled onions yet? Wondering what to do with the vinegar after the pickled onions have been consumed? Guess what? That same vinegar can be used to make a vinaigrette salad dressing. An added bonus is that the vinegar is now an onion and coriander flavored vinegar. Pretty cool!

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