August 24, 2005

New Hobby

I've been on this kick of trying to eat natural food (devoid of preservatives, few ingredients on label if it's storebought) lately. I've brought out the breadmaker, been making desserts, etc. Something I'd never done until recently, though, is make my own salad dressing.

I have this habit of buying Newman's Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette and then draining off about 5/6 of the oil and declaring it good. That's very acidic when I get done, so one doesn't need very much at all. But I tried my hand at a few of my own dressings here lately, and, mmm, quite good. Here's the best one yet, though gentler folk might want to up the oil a bit.

1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 clove (not head) of garlic, run through press
1/8 to 1/4 of dry teaspoon mustard
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

It packs a punch, for sure, but it was mighty tasty.


Posted by hln at August 24, 2005 08:29 PM | Nutrition | TrackBack

This is an excellent vinaigrette. I use it all the time and I have some good variations that I love.

First, try adding a few teaspoons of honey (ie: honey vinaigrette). You could stop there, but the honey vinaigrette is vastly improved by the addition of blackberries or raspberries. Just take a few berries, mash them with a few TBSPs or so of your dressing, and filter through a strainer to remove the seeds (blackberry vinaigrette).

Loads of fun.

Posted by: John Rogers at August 26, 2005 09:19 AM
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