Pantry Cooking, Part 3

by Cate on March 23, 2007

I’m not a big fan of bottled salad dressings, though I keep the occasional bottle on hand because Nicholas likes to dip carrots in “white dressing.” If you have a well-stocked pantry, you don’t need to buy salad dressing. Really, you don’t. What you can whip up in minutes will taste heaps better than what you’re grabbing off the shelf at your local grocery store, I promise.

I first found this recipe on the Cooking Light bulletin boards over two years ago, and it has been one of our go-to salad dressings ever since. The woman who posted it (hi Kimkelly!), had it on a salad at the Dakota Grill restaurant in San Diego. After she tasted it, she mentioned how much she liked it to the waiter, who told the chef, who actually wrote down the recipe for her. He even told her to call him if she had any questions. Customer service doesn’t get much better than that!

It’s a delicious, simple and flavor-packed recipe. Now that Spring is here and it’s nearly time for round-the-clock salad weather, give it a go. I’m sure you’ll like it as much as we do.

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Recipe courtesy of Kimkelly

1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil

Place all ingredients in blender and blend with oil. Serve on your favorite mixed green salad.

Until tomorrow…

A year ago today… new blogger on the block.
Two years ago today… sad day for Sara fans.

P.S. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of our Pantry Cooking series, check ’em out.

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Claire March 23, 2007 at 12:57 am

I used to think I didn’t like balsamic vinegarette, but I’ve discovered that I do. When I get a chance to actually MAKE dressing, I’ll have to try this!

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sher March 23, 2007 at 1:25 am

I really, truly mean this–I am always looking for good vinaigrette recipes. So thank you. We love salad, but don’t like most bottled dressings. This looks like a good recipe.

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Patricia Scarpin March 23, 2007 at 6:28 pm

A homemade salad dressing is by far more delicious – and healthy – than bottled ones.

Great recipe!

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Cate March 25, 2007 at 12:24 am

Claire – hope you like it. :)

Sher – Glad I could help. If you want to go Greek, this one is another good one, nice and simple and packed with flavor.

Patricia – much healthier, hear hear!

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