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Dijon and Pepper Jelly Salad Dressing

This flavorful and piquant salad dressing will jazz up a bowl of mixed leaves with croutons or a pasta salad. It is also wonderful with a spinach salad and you can make that by tossing two cups of baby spinach leaves with two ounces of sliced goat’s cheese and two tablespoons of chopped walnuts. Toss the following pepper jelly salad dressing with that mixture of salad ingredients and you will have a wonderful lunch or dinner for two people. Another way of doing it is to arrange the goat’s cheese and walnuts on top of the spinach leaves and then drizzle the pepper jelly salad dressing on top. That would also work.

You can make your own pepper jelly or buy it. It is not difficult to make and you can put it in cans and give some away as gifts. Pepper jelly needs sugar (or some kind of sweetener), pectin and vinegar, as well as the peppers. Choose fresh, crisp peppers because ones past their best will not result in good jelly. Jalapenos are good or you can use any variety you want. It is best to wear gloves when handling fresh chilies, and make sure you wash your hands in hot, soapy water before touching your eyes or face. Hot peppers can burn the skin and eyes. Pepper jelly is nice served on toast or crackers with your favorite cheese.

Piquant Pepper Jelly Salad Dressing
[Summary: Pepper jelly is flavored with Dijon mustard, as well as salt plus extra-virgin olive oil for consistency, and the resulting dressing is delectable with baby spinach and goat’s cheese.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 2
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  • 3 tablespoons mild pepper jelly
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Let the dressing cool and stir it, then use it to dress your salad.

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Pepper jelly can be store-bought or homemade, and it is excellent served with cheese or with another ingredient or dish. In this recipe however, the pepper jelly is combined with Dijon mustard to give it more of a kick, along with extra-virgin olive oil and a little salt, to make the mixture stretch further and give it the right consistency. Such a dressing is best served with a simple salad, such as baby spinach or mixed baby leaves, along with something creamy like goat’s cheese to contrast with the spicy taste. Making this recipe only takes about 3 minutes too.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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