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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Basil Shallot Dressing

Despite there being so many different types of salad dressings out there, it often seems that we get stuck in a rut anyway. This is a very simple dressing but is a pleasant change of pace.

It is tangy and has a strong, fresh basil flavor. It is particularly good on spinach. You can use regular balsamic instead of white, but the dressing will not look very attractive, despite tasting good. If you do not have any fresh basil, a teaspoon of dry will work in a pinch.

Basil Shallot Dressing
Yield: approximately 1/2 cup dressing

1 TBS shallot
1 small garlic clove
3 TBS white balsamic vinegar
4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 TBS fresh basil leaves
1/4 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp sugar
dash salt & pepper

Put all ingredients together in a blender. Blend until all ingredients are pulverized and well mixed. Pour over your favorite salad. Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.

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