Monday, September 26, 2011

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

We're trying to get back to making more salads with dinner around here, and it's got to be easy to do if I'm going to make one at the last minute in addition to the main dish. This past weekend, I put together a simple salad of arugula, strawberries, and toasted almonds and shook up this basic vinaigrette in a jar to go with it. It was the perfect salad to complement grilled pizza with lots of smoked provolone, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and the like.

I think it's definitely is worth taking an extra couple of minutes to make your own dressing; here's what's in our go-to balsamic vinaigrette.

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
juice from half a lemon
2 teaspoons minced shallot
1/2 tablespoon honey
sea salt
cracked black pepper

Pour all ingredients into a jar and shake or whisk them together in a small bowl. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad right before serving.

P.S. You can learn more than you ever wanted to know about me at the I Love Memphis blog if you are so inclined.

No comments: