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Food Tip - Salad Dressings Through Thick or Thin

Posted by Magic of Spice

Food Tip - Salad Dressings 
Through Thick or Thin
with recipes 
I love vinaigrettes’ especially those of the balsamic sort
However they tend to separate and leave you 
with a bit too much of one flavor or the other
Here are a few dressings and tips 
to keep your blends, well blended

As a rule of thumb, vinegar 
consists of 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar
Some of these dressings will be of varied parts
Typically I do this when a sweetening or tomato agent is included
I also like to substitute fruit juice in place of vinegar occasionally

Spiced Plum Dressing
What you will need:
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup plum chutney
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons fig juice
1/8 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup fresh thyme, finely chopped
1/8 cup fresh basil, finely chopped 
Freshly ground pepper, to taste 

Let's get mixing:
In a mixing bowl, blend garlic with salt, to form a paste
Add the chutney and lemon juice, mix until incorporated
Add remaining ingredients, except oil, mixing until blended
Now with a wire whisk, very slowly add oil 
Note: This can also be done in a food processor
 for a smoother dressing

Cream Cheese and Avocado Dressing
What you will need:
2 packages cream cheese, softened
9 tablespoons olive oil or more
1/2 large avocado
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
 Freshly ground white pepper, to taste
1 1/2 teaspoon raw blue agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Let's get mixing:
In a food processor, add cream cheese
Very slowly begin to add half of your oil
Add remaining ingredients, except oil and lemon juice
Once this is incorporated, add lemon juice
You should have a very thick dressing at this point
Again, slowly begin to add more oil
Continue this until you reach desired consistency
  
Balsamic Vinaigrette
What you will need:
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2-3 tablespoons marinara sauce or tomato sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 bunch fresh basil, finely chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, pressed
Fresh ground salt and pepper, to taste

Let's get mixing:
In a mixing bowl, blend garlic with salt, to form a paste
Add remaining ingredients, except oil, mixing until blended
Now with a wire whisk, very slowly add oil 
Note: This can also be done in a food processor
 for a smoother dressing

For something a little different, try replacing
grapefruit or orange juice in your basic quick vinaigrettes’
You can use any of your favorite juices that are on hand,
as long as they are a bit acidic
Or using a yogurt base for creamy dressings
Note: If using yogurt, you may need to reduce
 vinegar and acidic fruit juices

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