Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing with a Strawberry Salad

While reading the ingredients on our Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing we use, I was shocked to find that the second ingredient was corn syrup, yuck! So here is a super delicious vinaigrette dressing, that's also easy and you can whip it up together in just a matter of seconds.
And combine this Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing with this salad is such a refreshing and perfect summer salad-- the strawberries give it a sweet essence while the balsamic offers a tang to the dish, all over some crisp spinach and romaine leaves. I am also a lover of garbanzo beans and love them on pretty much any salad. Another fun way to eat them is to roast them in the oven with some spices and oil, then toss on top of a salad , almost like croutons! This salad has a variety of textures from the seeds, onions, and strawberries and has a vibrant color from those luscious strawberries. Enjoy.

Strawberry Salad:

Romaine Lettuce
Onion, thinly sliced
Garbanzo beans
Pepitas or Sliced Walnuts
Strawberries, hulled & sliced
Parmasan cheese (optional)

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon agave or honey
1 teaspoon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
Pinch of salt
Fresh ground pepper

Prepare the vegetables, wash and dry the greens. Optional: toast the seeds over a medium heat, stirring frequently until slightly browned.  Make the vinaigrettein a measuring cup or canning jar, combine all the ingredients whisk or shake well to mix all the flavors. Or you can also simply toss these ingredients in the blender and puree together. Assemble the salad by placing the greens in serving bowls or plates and top with remaining ingredients. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and grind with fresh ground pepper and/or sprinkle Parmesan cheese. 

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