Leahs Balsamic Salad DressingFrom divaliscious 9 years ago
- 1/2 cup good balsamic vinegar shopping list
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar shopping list
- 1/4 cup of balsamic syrup (tis the secret ingredient) (also called condensed or cream of balsamic - it can be found in NY at places such as Turco's and Trader Joe's and specialty food stores)(and note, its slightly pricey but lasts and lasts and its very versatile and fantastic on top of fruits like strawberries, etc.) shopping list
- 1-1/2 cups good olive oil shopping list
- 3 cloves fresh garlic minced shopping list
- 2 tablespoons fresh (if possible) tarragon - dried ok shopping list
- 2 tablespoons honey shopping list
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (lo-fat works great too) shopping list
- 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard shopping list
- 1/2 teaspoon of grainy mustard shopping list
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt shopping list
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper shopping list
- Equipment needed: Bowl, whisk, container with lid for placing leftovers or reserves in fridge. I usually use a cleaned commercial salad dressing container so it can easily be squirted onto salad. shopping list
How to make it
- Peel and mince finely the garlic and place into bowl along with vinegars and vinegar syrup.
- Put salt, pepper, mustards, honey, mayonnaise and tarragon into bowl and whisk till well blended.
- While still whisking, add olive oil ever so slowly so that it streams and the oil becomes emulsified and doesn't separate from the vinegar.
- Taste-test your dressing, if it need more vinegar or more oil, adjust to your likings.
- Note that the dressing will get "stronger in its garlic taste" as it stands. I usually make it an hour or more before serving my salad, so all the flavors can get incorporated.
- When serving to guests, I usually put it in a creamer container so that people may add their own desired amounts to their salads.