Thursday, September 3, 2009

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

We have been avoiding processed foods, so when we got sick of eating our salads with just oil and vinegar, we needed a good salad dressing that could give us some variety. I think this salad dressing tastes very similar to Panera's Classic Cafe Salad, which I love.

It's very easy to keep this salad dressing in a screw-top container and give it a little shakey-shake when you pull it out of the frig - it's just as easy as one of those "regular" salad dressings from the store! The longer it's kept in the frig, the more likely the olive oil might harden, so if it does, just leave it on the counter to bring it to room temp. (Or cheat and throw it in the microwave for a few seconds, shaking after each 'zapping')

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette
recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar optional (If using a good quality balsamic vinegar you should not need the sugar, but if using a lesser quality you might want the sugar to round out the dressing.)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil

Put all the dry ingreidents into a screw-top jar,

Add the vinegar and olive oil. Shake to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

If not using dressing right away, cover and refrigerate, shaking again before use. I use an old Taco Bell salsa glass container...that's recycling at it's best!

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 

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