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Tomato and Thyme Italian Salad Dressing

This is a very unusual Italian salad dressing in that it contains tomatoes and thyme. Although both these ingredients are used in Italian cooking, Italian salads are usually dressed simply with olive oil and vinegar. However, this fusion Italian dressing is really good, especially if your salad features goat’s cheese. You will need very ripe beefsteak tomatoes (the huge ones) for this.

You will have a little of the tomato mixture left over after making the dressing but you can use it in your next pizza or pasta sauce recipe. This is a highly flavored Italian salad dressing and although it takes a while to make because it is a cooked salad dressing, it is worth taking the time to prepare it because it is very flavorful.

Serve this with the salad at a dinner party or you can simply add it to a cheese sandwich for a sophisticated touch. The thyme adds an aromatic taste and all the other ingredients shine through, so you can taste everything at once, making this a tasty, and attraction option if you are looking for an Italian salad dressing recipe.

Aromatic Italian Salad Dressing
Summary: This rich and hearty salad dressing boasts bold flavors like shallot, balsamic vinegar, garlic, chili pepper, and red wine vinegar, along with tomatoes and red wine.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 4
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  • 3 ripe beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 diced shallot
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Splash of red wine
  • Sprig of thyme
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 diced chili pepper
  1. Blanch the tomatoes in salted water for several minutes, and then plunge them into ice water.
  2. Peel off the skins.
  3. Discard the seeds and dice the tomatoes finely.
  4. Sweat the shallot in 2 tablespoons of the oil in a pan, and then add the garlic.
  5. Deglaze the pan with the balsamic vinegar and add a little red wine.
  6. Stir in the tomatoes and add the thyme.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and turn the heat up to high.
  8. Reduce the tomatoes until there is no moisture at all.
  9. You will need to stir the mixture often.
  10. Let it cool completely, and then discard the thyme.
  11. Stir one tablespoon of the tomato mixture with the remaining olive oil and the diced chili pepper.

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A lot of salad dressings are mild and aromatic, but this one is bold and vibrant. We are using beefsteak tomatoes, red wine vinegar, chili pepper, garlic, and more, to ensure plenty of piquant flavor in every bite. Enjoy this with grilled vegetables, toss it with cold cooked pasta to make a pasta salad, pair it with mozzarella and basil, or spread it thinly over melba toast or bruschetta. This versatile dressing is not difficult to make. If you want something deliciously different you will enjoy the wonderful taste of this dressing.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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