Apple Cinnamon Balsamic Viniagrette

With dressings, you need good oil and vinegar or it can taste bitter. Trust me and my hubby, two restaurant people who love cooking 🙂  If you can find a place that specializes in Olive Oil and Balsamic, that is the best bet!

-2 slices of apples (peeled and chopped finely)
-1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
-2 tbls of brown sugar
-2 tbls of cinnamon powder
-1 tbls of dijon mustard
-2 tbls of red wine vinegar
-pinch of salt
-3/4 cup of olive oil

Combine all ingredients except for the oil, and whisk together until mixed well. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking as you pour. It will be a little thick, and for those that are familiar with the blue cheese vinaigrette at Outback, it’s about as thick as that. I use this in a lot of salads, especially dinner salads, that I make with apples in it. Apples are a great source of protein and since I’m vegetarian, I eat a lot of them and they are delicious in salads, especially with this sweet dressing to go with it! I got a few helpings out of this recipe for side and dinner-sized salads. Cheap, easy and goes a long way!


Strawberry Dressing

10-12 Strawberries
4 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp Lemon Juice (the recipe I reference calls for lime, but I didn’t have any and the lemon still turned out great…think strawberry lemonade)
6 tbsp EVOO

Blend the first 5 ingredients until smooth.  Slowly add the oil while blending.  Holds for 7-10 days and makes 5-6 servings (depending on size of salad).