Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe
The key ingredients in a good balsamic vinegar salad dressing recipe are a good quality olive oil and of course the balsamic vinegar itself. You do not need to get a very expensive balsamic vinegar. Masserie di Sant’Eramo or Caroliva Reserve are examples of good ones which will not break the bank. Use extra virgin olive oil when making a balsamic vinegar salad dressing recipe. This dressing is delicious with asparagus, artichokes, or seafood. Try it with fresh scallops or lobster. It is also beautiful served with steamed veggies or fresh sliced tomatoes.
Herbs can be good in a balsamic vinegar salad dressing recipe, especially sage and chives. A little finely grated ginger root makes a zesty addition and mustard is also possible. The following balsamic vinegar salad dressing recipe combines the oil and vinegar with garlic, salt and pepper, for a simple result. The dark brown sugar is optional but it does round out the flavor if you are not using a top quality balsamic vinegar. If your balsamic vinegar is very good, you probably will not need the sugar. Store any leftover balsamic vinegar salad dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator, whisking it again before use.
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar (optional)
- Beat the balsamic vinegar with the garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar until the salt and sugar dissolve.
- Beat in the oil gradually.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Balsamic vinegar combines with oil to make this tasty salad dressing, and we are also introducing salt, pepper, garlic and brown sugar to add some distinctive aromas. The sugar is optional but complements the sweetness of the balsamic vinegar, so add it or not, depending what you plan to serve the dressing with. This recipe offers a sweet and piquant flavor so you will find a little goes a long way. Try it over baby spinach with walnuts, blue cheese and strawberries, or even over mixed salad leaves as a side dish for fish or chicken.
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