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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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Lemon Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Using walnut oil in a salad dressing vinaigrette is a new ingredient for me.  My friend Rose suggested walnut oil as an alternative to olive oil when making vinaigrette and I thought I would give it a try. I made a lemon and walnut oil vinaigrette and tossed the dressing in a green salad for the family, everyone wondered what that unexpected flavor was.  It was walnut oil. Walnut oil has an earthy mild toasted sesame seed-oil type of flavor profile. Give it a try in your next vinaigrette dressing for a toasted nutty flavor.   Continue reading Lemon Walnut Oil Vinaigrette