Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Margaret's Honey Balsamic Recipe


Recipe of the Week:
It would seem that a great place to start with ideas for your CSA veggies and fresh veggies in general would be with Salad Mix.  It has become a household staple.  An easy way to eat at least some of the vegetables you need to eat each day and a type of vegetable with which you can quite literally please everyone.

Margaret’s Honey Balsamic Salad Dressing

A popular staple in our house is salad.  I’m sure everyone already has their old standby favorites but I thought I’d add one more that you can add to your repertoire for the season!

Ingredients:
½ cup Balsamic Vinegar
½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Mustard (preferably your favorite stoneground or Dijon but plain yellow will do)
1-2 Tbsp Honey (We like raw, local honey of course!)

Directions:

  1. add all ingredients together in a shakeable jar or whisk in a bowl.  (We use a pint canning jar and a lid from a glass spaghetti sauce jar)
  2. taste your mixture and adjust honey or vinegar and oil as necessary to suit your family’s tastes
  3. Store in refrigerator.  Allow time to come to room temperature or microwave just until re-liquified before serving as the olive oil will solidify in the refrigerator.

Other optional variations
  • Add walnuts
    • Chop walnuts finely and add to dressing.  Flavors will be best when given time in the refrigerator.
  • Add raspberries
    • Add rinsed and dried ripe berries right to your jar and shake well.  The berries should break up.  Give time in the refrigerator for best flavor.
  • Add walnuts and raspberries
    • Raspberry walnut is a classic combination.  Can’t go wrong here!

Salad Additions for a Real Meal
Want to turn your Salad mix into a full lunch or light supper?  Here’s my favorite additions:
  • Cheese: shredded parmesan is my favorite but Feta is wonderful as well as Cheddar
  • Nuts: I usually keep sunflower seeds in the pantry but Walnuts or almonds are great as well.
  • Dried fruit: Dried cranberries are my pantry staple and my typical go to dried fruit.  Try raisins or chopped up pieces of your favorite fruit leather

Other salad dressings:
Not a big vinaigrette fan?  Need something else for just the right flavor?  Our other favorite around here is Goddess dressing.  The grownups have to hurry when salad is served and there’s only just enough Goddess on the table or the munchkins will hog all of whatever is left!

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