Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

My 7 year old reads a lot. To encourage her reading passion, I go every week to the library and get her different books. Last week, I got her Harry Potter - the first book in the series. It is quite big for a 7 year old to read and to encourage her, I started reading her one chapter every day. I realized how much I enjoyed reading before having kids and getting busy with work and other stuff. When I told her that I probably should stop spending time on this blog and read regularly, she said, do half and half. That was very sweet of her saying not to stop writing this blog. Don't you think?

Anyway, coming to the point of this post, I had seen a bottle of raspberry vinaigrette at my work refrigerator. Someone had kept it there and it caught my attention because it said it was fat free. When I checked the ingredients, it was so high in sugar that I thought it was not healthy at all. Fat in moderation actually is good for us. I made this vinaigrette using the famous combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar and used the strawberry preserve in it. You will find that this has half the fat as a regular vinaigrette. In any vinaigrette, oil is twice the quantity of acid but I have used equal quantities in this more like a marinade.
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Extra virgin Olive Oil - 1/4 cup
Balsamic Vinegar - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Hot sauce - 1 tsp (or black pepper to taste)
Strawberry Preserve - 1 heaping TBSP
Orange juice - 1 TBSP (Or water, apple juice anything works)
Mix all the ingredients and whisk to combine. Use with your favorite salad.
You could use fresh strawberries instead of the strawberry preserve. In that case, omit orange juice completely. Mash about 1 1/2 TBSP of strawberries chopped fine and add about 2 tsp of sugar.

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  1. Love balsamic vinaigrette, adding strawberry preserve sounds absolutely marvellous.

  2. sure does show how genuine she is going to be as she grows up :) and good recipe too!!

  3. Oh how I love your recipe! I love Balsamic Vinaigrette and can now include some in my salads and sandwiches 2-3 days/week! Thank you so much for sharing! Love your blog and your recipes! Good work!

  4. Wow... that's very sweet of your girl.... to read and to encourage her mom to read and write as well :)
    My refrigerator currently has a big box full of strawberries and this has come in time! Thanks.. will make it today itself :) Can i use red wine vinegar instead, because that is what i have on hand.. and can u pls tell me if it'll make a huge difference? Thanks!

    1. Sumana,
      Yes, you may use red wine vinegar. It will make a slight difference since balsamic vinegar is thicker and more fruitier than red wine vinegar, but will still work.

    2. Thanks! Will try out :) I'm trying out sooo many recipes of urs.. Thank you for all the wonderful ones...

  5. I love making salads... this is a great dressing and using a preserve is such a great idea as fresh strawberries are not always available!


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