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).
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.


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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