I’ve always been a salad fiend. I would rather eat salad than dessert sometimes. My college roommate could not understand it. I don’t think I ever saw her eat anything green. Poor thing.
There are so many delicious salad combinations, you never have to be bored. Ahem… Let me count the ways.
- Orchard Chicken Salad
- Mediterranean Steak Salad
- Harvest Salad with Chicken, Apples, and Cheddar
- Pesto and Feta Pasta Salad with Cranberries
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Tossed Salad with Peperoncinis and Feta
I could go on….
Make your own dressing.
It was sometime in college when I realized that salad dressing was just as easy to make from scratch as it was to open a bottle of commercially made salad dressing. That discovery opened a whole world of flavors and tastes. Especially since I love salads.
One flavor combination that is absolutely delicious is balsamic and tarragon. The herb and the sweetish vinegar combine well. Stir in a little Dijon mustard for a little bite and you’ve got a dressing or marinade to wow even the snobbiest of foodies.
I particularly love this dressing on simple composed salads. If blue cheese is involved, so much the better.
Holland House is the balsamic vinegar that I used in this dressing and it was absolutely delicious. The brand has long been a regular in my cupboard for cooking wines, like sherry. I’m glad to be able to add their line of vinegars to my stores. I’ve also been able to test their Garlic Red Wine vinegar which is part of one of my favorite salads.
Recipe: Tarragon Balsamic Dressing
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- In a small bowl or glass combine the vinegar, mustard, tarragon, garlic, and salt and pepper. Blend well.
- Stir in olive oil in a thin stream, mixing constantly.
- Use as a dressing or marinade for fish, chicken, or beef.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8
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Disclosure: Holland House has provided me with sample product as well as compensation for my time spent writing this post. All opinions are my own. You can read more about Holland House and other simple ways to dress up everyday foods on their Facebook page.