balsamic vinegarette - recommendations?
- abbefaith Apr 12, 2007 08:47 AM
i'm looking for a tasty balsamic vinegarette for salads. there are whole foods, sprouts, trader joes and ajs nearby as well as your typical grocery store. i suppose a recipe would work too, but i'd prefer one i can buy in a bottle. i just can't seem to find any that taste nearly as good as those i've had in restaurants.
I just mix my own. Basic ingredients in mine are: Trader Joe's 10 year aged balsamic (the one in a squat square shaped jar with a cork stopper and a red label on it), extra virgin olive oil, salt, few grinds of pepper. Since I really like the taste of this balsamic and it is not too tart, I use a 1:1 oil to vinegar ratio. If I have more time on my hands, then I may add a little coarse grain Dijon mustard and some finely minced red onion.
If you're looking for something with a little sweetness to it you might try this one.
Start by crushing a clove of garlic with a little salt to make a paste, add some Dijon mustard then a little honey (I suppose you can just combine the two and put in honey mustard, but I've not tried that yet). Mix in some raspberry balsamic vinegar then drizzle in the olive oil while whisking to form an emultion. As far as quantities go this is one I never measure, if you've ever put together a vinaigrette before you know you can eyeball everything in the dressing.
I usually put this on a salad of romaine lettuce, toasted chopped pecans, some sort of dried fruit be it raisins, cranberries, cherries or whatever then some goat cheese. This salad has all the classic things going for it that you find in a restaurant, sweet, sour, crunchy, salty. If you want to add the bitter you might try tossing in some arugula.