With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Toni's Salad Dressing

Friday, August 7, 2009

Toni's Salad Dressing

Toni is my niece. She is bright, sweet, beautiful, fun, kind, thoughtful... well, you get the picture. Just an all-round really nice person ~ and I love her to pieces. She is becoming quite an accomplished cook as well. But then she's been inspired by the best ~ her mom (my sister).
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She shared a recipe with me for a delicious salad dressing. We enjoyed it this evening over a simple salad of romaine greens, sliced yellow squash, red onions, a few raspberries and addicting caramelized almonds. I would have added feta or goat cheese if I had some.
Aren't the colors beautiful?
Simmering the balsamic, sugar and garlic...
cooled and ready to serve
Wonderfully delicious nuts!
ummm... perfect served with crusty bread
The entree ~ Scallops Provencal served over pasta.
(I'm going to give this recipe another try using sea scallops instead of bay. I was a little disappointed and thought they tasted way too fishy. My husband, however, loved them.)

Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup cherry preserves

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 cup canola oil

kosher salt

black pepper to taste

In a small saucepan over medium heat combine balsamic vinegar, sugar and garlic and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar.

Simmer the mixture, uncovered, until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add the cherry preserves and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, then whisk in the red wine vinegar followed by the canola oil. season with salt and pepper.

5 comments:

Bethany said...

You make the most delicious looking meals! I'm sure that your family is very blessed to have such a great chef that spends her time caring for them!

Mildred said...

I agree with Bethany - you have such a creative flair with presentation. I am now starving to death!!! Hope your weekend is great.

Snippety Gibbet said...

I'll definitely try those. There's nothing I enjoy eating more than a good salad. jan

Janice said...

Yummy dressing. I've never cooked a dressing before, so will be interested to see how this turns out.

t.koch said...

Thanks for posting this!! I am catching up on my RSS feed and feel bad I haven't seen this til now- I made this dressing last week again, it's a hit every time!

Love you and Miss you so much!

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