**READ ME: Keep in mind that while all of these recipes are Paleo. If you are currently doing the whole30, you will need to leave out all sweeteners!
I know, I know...but you will be able to enjoy them soon enough. Hang in there! I promise it's all worth it.**

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

{ balsamic vinaigrette }

Every family needs a house dressing that can be made in a jiffy for tossing with salad greens. A simple vinaigrette, made with the simple ingredients is something that is great for keeping in your fridge. And for good reason. It's versatile, fast and tasty, with a touch of sweetness. We use a blender, which produces a thicker vinaigrette, but you can whisk by hand {just won't be as "thick"}. We always double, or even triple this recipe and keep on hand for our weekly salads. Enjoy!
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed through a press or microplane
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Any seasonings you wish--we like it as is. But, feel free to experiment! 
1. Combine the balsamic and red wine vinegars, mustard and garlic in a blender. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil through the opening in the lid to process into a thick dressing. 
2. Season with salt and pepper. The dressing can be made up to 1 week ahead, stored in a covered container and refrigerated. Stir well before using--we like to throw it on top of lettuce, shredded chicken, sliced grapes, chopped onion, and toasted almonds. Although, it would be delicious with any combination--really.
Let us know what other ingredients/seasonings you added!!
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  2. I added oregano, chives, a pinch of celery seed, Hungarian paprika, some lemon juice. I used home-made mustard. Yes, thick is the way to go. It manages to hang on to whatever you're using it with! Thanks for sharing!


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