Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

An old prairie friend and neighbor sent me this recipe. She serves this dressing over organic spring mix greens, topped with hot, caramelized pecans (quickly toasted in a frying pan with a dash of sesame oil and a bit of white sugar), oodles of feta cheese and bits of fresh mandarin oranges on top. Beautiful salad! Thanks Carla!

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

- Whisk together and let sit for at least 1 hour prior to serving.

I actually ended up dressing a Roasted Beet Salad I made last night - baby arugula, spinach, spring mix, roasted beets, chevre, walnuts and the Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. YUM!

19 comments:

  1. This sounds lovely - beets are wonderful this time of year and I really like the ingredients in the yummy dressing.

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  2. Sounds great-will definitely make eating salad more bearable (sp?) Anywho, I think I will swap out the feta for goat cheese to balance the sharpness of the vinegars! Can't wait to try it :)

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  3. The dressing sounds absolutely delicious. I love how there's maple syrup in it and thyme. What a great recipe. Thanks! :)

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  4. What a fabulous dressing! Looks so great! Thanks for sharing it, I adore balsamic vinaigrette...almost always what I use on my salads.

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  5. The dressing sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. What a great looking salad - I am a new beet lover and so I am sure I would love it all!! I like a little sweetness to my dressings.

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  7. I love salads! I bet the maple syrup in it really elevated it! Thanks for passing this on!
    -Gina-

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  8. I make a very similar dressing and often put it on top of a salad very much like the one you mentioned your friend makes. I just love the sweetness of the maple and the balsamic together. Next time I'm adding beets! This looks too good to pass up!

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  9. OHHH, I think I'll make that tonight to go with mustard roasted cod and fingerling potatoes with champagne vinegar dressing... Thanks!!! Kate @ kateiscooking

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  10. That sounds absolutely DELICIOUS! I can only imagine how good it would be with beets (I love them!). - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

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  11. A nice twist using maple syrup! I love making homemade salad dressings.

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  12. This vinaigrette looks lovely. Bookmarking this. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Hi Alison! The dressing sounds amazing.

    By they way, I keep up with your blog, but have just finally read your "about" page. My dad was born & raised in Rose Valley, Sask! Another prairie guy!

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  14. Your salad & dressing look delicious! I love roasted beets & goat cheese!!! Yumm!

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  15. I have a simple maple vinaigrette that uses maple sugar, olive oil, and cider or rice wine vinegar that we love. I'll have to give your recipe a try. It sounds like a delightful departure from our norm. Thanks!

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  16. Weel, how could that not be good.... ? YUM! With all of those ingredients, I would say that is a no fail party on a plate.
    :)
    Valerie

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  17. Those both sound like nice tangy salads, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul.

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