Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Salsa Vinaigrette

My favorite city in this country is Houston. I lived there for 4 years and I have very fond memories of that city. But now that I am in north east, don't understand how I could like that city as much as I did. I am miserable because of the heat. I am more miserable because I cannot turn the oven on unless I bake very early in the morning or late in the night. Every summer I think about buying a small over the counter toaster oven, but then decide not to buy it due to counter space issues. This time though, I am seriously considering it. Again..
Coming to the point of this post, I have a bad habit. Or rather a good one. I read the label for ingredients on everything I buy. Sometimes I decide not to buy since it is so simple to make it at home. I saw a bottle of 'Salsa Vinaigrette' in BJs. I read the label and came up with this. I have to tell you, this is an awesome vinaigrette. It was great since I didn't have to turn the stove or oven on. Perfect for summer.
One year back -  Creamy Spinach Corn Curry, Zucchini Chutney
Red Onion - 1/2 of a small
Tomato Paste - 1 TBSP
Jalapeno - 1 whole or as per taste (seed if you cannot take the heat)
Garlic - 1 pod
Cilantro - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Lime juice - from one medium lime
Olive oil - 5 - 6 TBSP

Take all the ingredients except olive oil in a blender. Puree the mixture. Start drizzling olive oil and run the blender till everything is creamy. Use in the salad of your choice. If you do not like the raw taste of onion and garlic, you can saute it in a bit of oil and use in this recipe.
Salad you see in the picture had romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red radish, some red onions. You can choose to finely chop the ingredients instead of pureeing it. Just whisk everything together and slowly incorporate olive oil.

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  1. Tasty and tangy looking Vinaigrette.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Looks delicious and yummy...

  3. That does look superb dear. I have never been to Houston yet :)

  4. Looks very good. What is the brown thing drizzled over the veggies?

  5. Raji, That is the vinaigrette that is mixed with veggies to make the salad.

  6. Hi Champa, I'm of late, looking for salad recipes... have been making them everyday from a week and want to continue the trend for quite a while... So was looking out for different dressings in your blog and found this interesting... Wanted to know how long can i preserve the dressing in refrigerator? Making the dressing in bulk saves me some time in the mornings and at the same time we don't like to have the same thing each day of the week too... want your suggestion on this... Thanks!

  7. Sumana,
    Any homemade dressing is good in the refrigerator for 1 week. More than that, they won't taste good. You could make half a batch of two different dressings and try to use it up within a week. Sorry, no shortcuts here without using preservatives.


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