Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenTangy and slightly sweet, this Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette is excellent on almost any salad combination. It has been my husband's favorite dressing for the past two weeks. I have to admit that I was truly put off by the color the first time I made this. (Is it just me or do pretty things just taste better?) Brown salad dressing had no appeal to me at all when I first saw it in the blender. However, this dressing has been so well-liked by everyone who has tried it; I decided to share it here.

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
recipe adapted from MarthaStewart.com and several versions at allrecipes.com
(printable recipe)

1 small onion, chopped
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, I might try white balsamic vinegar next time to see how the color is affected
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar, optional

Layer the first six ingredients into the blender in the order listed. Puree until smooth and then slowly add the olive oil in a thin trickle. Puree another minute or so, until dressing is thick. Taste the dressing and add the white sugar if you want a sweeter dressing. We preferred it with the sugar. Pulse a few times to mix in the sugar. Enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. You should seriously write a cookbook!

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  2. I agree:) And also I refuse to call balsamic vinegar:) I love it;))

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  3. This could seriously become MY favorite dressing! My sister always adds a slosh of soy to her vinaigrettes, so I need to follow in both your footsteps. Copying to try~

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  4. What a great salad dressing. I love balsamic vinegar.

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  5. Really lovely recipe - sounds delicious - soy, honey and red pepper flakes - oh yes!
    Mary x

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  6. Blonde Duck - You are sweet, but that isn't even on the To Do list. I'll happily read your writings though and bask in the knowledge that I already have a published friend!

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  7. Sounds delish! Then again I have come to terms with the brown salad dressing. I love love love balsamic. It even turned my Strawberry Balsamic brown, but it was fabulous!

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  8. Haha...it does sorta look like gravy in that color, but I like nothing more than honey in salad dressings. So good! I bet that's great paired with apples!

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  9. I bet this would be PERFECT on my pumpkin and blue cheese salad. YUM!

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  10. I really like honey-mustard vinaigrette, so this ought to be wonderful, too! I do have to admit that brown salad dressing is off-putting, to say the least, but we all have to make sacrifices for our taste buds sometimes, right?

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  11. Balsamic vinegar is always my family fav. This sauce is great to serve our vegetable.

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  12. Oh, forget the color! Most of the dressings I've made are shades of brown - and the ranch dressing I just experimented with was green! This sounds delicious :)

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  13. Two of my favorite flavors-- Can't wait to try this!

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  14. This dressing sounds lovely. I don't think the color is that bad.

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  15. Great recipe! I just bought lavender honey and will try the recipe with that.

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  16. I'm always on the market for good homemade salad dressings. The sweet and tang in this must be fabulous!

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  17. Would you ever consider putting this on a sweet/savory salad -- like a melon salad that has red onion in it? Perhaps weird, but I like combos of sweet and savory.

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  18. Janeen - This is a really tangy dressing, I'm not sure if I would personally like it on a salad with fruit, but I know that my husband would. If it helps, I'm posting a different dressing this weekend that works beautifully with a sweeter salad.

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  19. That is too funny....I have never thought about the color of salad dressing before...oh no - I will never look at my salad the same - ha. This sounds great. Balsamic with garlic is such a yummy flavor combo. This would be nice over a caprese salad.

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  20. Love this! I use a similar dressing for rokka salata - arugula + slivers of sun dried tomatoes + caramelized walnuts.

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  21. Yeah, but you don't actually SEE it once it's on the salad, right?

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  22. I don't know, Chris. I thought it turned my salad brown. My husband on the other hand, couldn't have cared less.

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