Lemon and Lime Prickly Pear Salad Dressing Recipe
This delicious prickly pear salad dressing recipe is bright pink, so it would look great on something colorful like spinach with strawberries or mixed leaves with peaches or mandarin orange segments. Add some nuts and you will have a wonderful-looking salad with plenty of texture. It is not easy to extract the juice from prickly pears, since the flesh is so gluey, but this recipe shows you how to use oil and balsamic vinegar to help with this extraction process.
Most of the ingredients are added to taste so once you have the juice from the prickly pears, you can add the seasonings until the prickly pear salad dressing recipe tastes good to you. The main reason the quantities are not listed is that it depends how much prickly pear juice you are starting out with. Big ripe prickly pears will produce more juice than small, less ripe ones.
This is an easy recipe to make and the prickly pear flavor shines through because the other ingredients buoy up its flavor. We are using lemon and lime, and both of these citrus flavors are wonderful with the sweetness of the prickly pear, along with oil and vinegar, typical salad dressing ingredients. The lemon balm and lemon basil fortify the citrus flavor, and work beautifully with the other flavors to make this a very sophisticated dressing.
- 2 prickly pears
- Olive or grapeseed oil
- White balsamic vinegar
- Cilantro leaves
- Lemon balm leaves
- Lemon basil leaves
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Salt and black pepper
- Rinse the prickly pears and peel them.
- Chop them into chunks and press the flesh through a strainer to catch their juice.
- The pulp is very thick so you will not be able to remove all the juice, but try to get as much as you can.
- Put the seeds and pulp in a mixing bowl and pour enough olive oil or grapeseed oil over it to cover.
- Beat this mixture with an electric beater to remove the pulp and juice from the seeds.
- Press this mixture through the strainer into the bowl of juice.
- Put the pulp and seeds back in the other bowl and cover them with white balsamic vinegar.
- Beat them again and press this mixture through the strainer.
- Discard any pulp and seeds which remain in the strainer.
- Season to taste with the herbs, citrus juice, salt and pepper.
The sweet, tangy flavor of prickly pear blends with citrus, oil and vinegar, and the result is this flavorful salad dressing which lends a fruity touch to your favorite salad ingredients. Try this special salad dressing with mixed greens, perhaps adding some nuts or cheese for contrasting textures, or even pasta or rice to bulk out the dish. Prickly pear is not one of the most common ingredients in salad dressings but if you enjoy fruity dressings the flavor should appeal to your palate. Why not serve this over mixed baby leaves as an elegant appetizer before a meaty entrée?
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