Basic Balsamic Dressing

Basic Balsamic Dressing

This Basic Balsamic Dressing is a very versatile salad dressing using only a few ingredients. It is salty, spicy and complements all kinds of green salads. It goes well with tomato, vegetable type salads and as well as fruit driven salads.

Notice the ratio of oil to vinegar is lower than many recipes so it is actually a  fairly light dressing and it doesn’t taste sharp like some where the ratio is 1:3 oil to vinegar. 1 Tbsp of olive oil equals 13.5 grams of fat or about 120 calories.  If you dress a salad for 4-6 people that means 20-30 calories only from the dressing!

It will keep your salad calories light but it is heavy on flavour!  If you want to lighten up your dressing to zero calories from fat then check out this similar tasty dressing on my No Fat Strawberry Spinach Salad.

 

The Basic Balsamic Dressing is delicious on this Roasted Pear Salad.

roasted-pear-plate

Or try it with this delicious   Melon and Crispy Prosciutto.

Melon and Crispy Prosciutto Salad

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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Course Condiments
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Basic Balsamic Dressing
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Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and shake or stir well.
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Roasted Pear Salad

This is a great salad for fall when pears are in season.  Lucky for us pears are available all year round so you can make it any time.  This little salad is surprisingly filling for so few ingredients.  The dressing is salty, spicy and fairly light with a 1:3 ratio of oil to vinegar.  The balsamic keeps it from being sharp like some dressings with that ratio. Continue reading “Roasted Pear Salad”

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Apple Pecan Salad

This is a great fall salad recipe.  If you are lucky enough to be able to source freshly picked apples it is outstanding.  But, since apples are available all year round in most places you can make it any time.

I like to use pecan halves for the candied nuts. If the nut pieces are too fine they sort of get lost in the mix.  With the halves – you know when you get one!   You can use walnuts instead of pecans if you prefer.

I think it might also be good with dried cranberries instead of the dates.  I haven’t tried that yet but if anyone does let me know how you liked it!

Update Nov 11, 2016.  I changed the photo of this salad to better reflect it. Sorry for any confusion… the other pic just had to go!!

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Candied Pecans
Salad
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Candied Pecans
Salad
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Instructions
Dressing
  1. Mix all dressing ingredients and shake well.
Candied Pecans
  1. Mix the sugar and balsamic vinegar in a non-stick skillet. Melt the sugar and vinegar over medium heat then add pecans to coat. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar mix is reduced and syrupy enough to coat the nuts - about 8 minutes but this will vary depending on your heat level and size of pan. Be careful not to burn this mixture.
  2. When nuts are thickly coated pour them out in a single layer on a piece of parchment paper to let them cool and harden. Break the nuts apart when they are cool.
Salad
  1. Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and incorporate nuts just before serving.
    Apple Pecan Salad
Recipe Notes

Variations:  You can use Hazelnut oil instead of walnut oil.  You can substitute walnuts for the pecans if you prefer.