Balsamic Vinaigrettes

Yield: enough for 4 salads

Ingredients:

Basic Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic (optional)
  • 1 tbs honey (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing II:

  • 1/3-2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 1/2 tsp low-sodium tamari
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Smoky: add a pinch of liquid smoke, paprika and thyme
  • Italian: add a pinch of dried or fresh herbs (oregano or basil)
  • Indian: add a pinch of cumin, coriander, and tumeric

Balsamic Vinaigrette III:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Curry & Honey Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs curry
  • 1 tsp shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbs honey
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl to blend.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.

Other Salads That Go Well with These Dressings:

  • Apples or Pears + Blue Cheese + Walnuts
  • Feta / Blue Cheese / Goat Cheese + Dried Cranberries + Almonds / Walnuts
  • Blue Cheese + Celery
  • Blue Cheese / Feta + Red Onion + Chickpeas
  • Goat Cheese + Beets + Walnuts
  • Roasted Beets + Goat Cheese + Walnuts
  • Mushrooms + “Bacon” + Cherry Tomatoes + Blue Cheese / Feta / Parmesan + Spinach
  • Feta + Red Onion + Olives + Cherry Tomatoes + Cucumber (peeled) + Dried Oregano (No Lettuce)
  • Tomatoes (sliced) + Mozzarella + Olive Oil + Salt + Pepper + a Little Vinegar + Basil (No Lettuce)
  • Beets + Kidney Beans + Goat Cheese + Red Onions + Walnuts
  • Beets + Goat Cheese + Walnut + Cranberries + Avocado + Arugula
  • Carrots + Sesame Seeds + Black Beans + Corn + Smoked Cheddar + Almonds + Dried Cranberries + Cherry Toms
  • Cherry Toms + Dried Cranberries + Toasted Almonds + Carrots + Zucchini
  • Cherry Toms + Cucumber + Daikon (mild radish) + Croutons + Carrots + Blue Cheese

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