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Champagne Vinaigrette

9 May

I recently went searching for some new dressing recipes.  I’ve been on a huge salad kick lately and I have finally started to get tired of my amazing 18-year Balsamic from Le Roux Kitchen in Portland, ME, where my family lives.  On a recent trip there (to replenish my balsamic supply), I noticed that they have various infused balsamics–but the selection was so overwhelming that I ended up going with the basic stuff.  Next time I’m determined to narrow my choices down to 2 or 3 and experiment with them.  They also have an equally large selection of olive oils…

I found this vinaigrette when I was making a Five Bean Picnic Salad recipe that I found online. For the salad, I eliminated the hot sauce so that I could add strawberries for a twist on the classic champagne and strawberries combo.  I’m a big proponent of putting fruits in salads, although I have discovered that a surprising number of people like to keep them separate.  If that’s you, try adding a dash of fruit juice to the vinaigrette instead.

I tossed this into a wild arugula salad with sliced strawberries and some hydroponic watercress.

Champagne Vinaigrette

Adapted from Epicurious

Ingredients

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 tablespoons dijon Mustard

1/4 cup champagne vinegar (I used O Citrus Champagne vinegar)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together the garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, hot sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.

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