Monday, January 30, 2012

Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

i try and have a salad everyday at lunchtime. i am not always successful and most days my lunch falls around 3pm, but i find if i have lots of lettuce and already mixed up dressing, i am more successful in my attempt to eat veggies for lunch. if you are earning a nutrition degree through an accredited online college, you would know how important it is to get in your daily servings of vegetables.

i'm not talking about store bought, pre-made, cannot pronounce the majority of the ingredient dressing. i am talking super-easy, homemade, real-deal ingredients dressing. more often than not, my favorite is balsamic vinaigrette so i make up a big batch and try to always have it sitting in the fridge. when i open the fridge it taunts me. "i dare you to chop up a big salad and drizzle me on it. i double-dog dare you."

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ok, i'm not crazy and this vinaigrette won't talk to you but it will help you enjoy your salads. it's good. it's really good.

Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 tbs dijon mustard
3 tbs pure maple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp crazy janes mixed-up salt
1 tbs minced garlic
30 grinds of pepper

mix all ingredients together in a large container with a tight fitting lid (i use a big mason jar) and shae vigorously. store in fridge. will keep for quite a while in the fridge (about a month).

note: this dressing gets thick when refrigerated. to avoid this, simply pull it out and let it come to room temperature 30 minutes before you want to use it (although it tastes find cold and thick).

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