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The Most Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

So we ran out of salad dressing. I had collected a bunch of sungold tomatoes from our farm (the Longmont YMCA where I work) so I wanted to put a nice salad together with the fresh goodies. All my life growing up, my mum made a delicious dressing. It wasn’t balsamic, I think it was more red wine. But her work inspired me. Why go buy salad dressing when I could just easily make one right here in my kitchen for half the cost? I looked up a recipe from here to steer myself in the right direction and then let the ingredients flow! This recipe is incredibly easy, quick, and tasty.

My gorgeous salad

My gorgeous salad

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a bunch of twists of black pepper
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
Prepping

Prepping

Directions

  • Beat everything together except the oil. I used a fork to do this
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  • Then, slowly pour the oil in, mixing furiously the whole time
Un-mixed

Un-mixed

  • Don’t forget to shake it up before serving!!
Shaken, not stirred

Shaken, not stirred

And, ummm, that’s it. Really tough, huh? I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I made this dressing along with the salad, listening to some La Vie En Rose (Louis Armstrong version) alongside a glass of red wine. It turned out delicious. Simple flavors bringing the salad to life, with that extra kick of vinegar and garlic to give that lingering taste. YUM. I say don’t refrigerate because the oil may get hard. I keep it in the pantry where it gets used very often. Must make a new batch soon. Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

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End result of the salad. Couldn't resist going for more

End result of the salad. Couldn’t resist going for more

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