Maple Vinaigrette

OK – Here is the recipe for my maple vinaigrette.  This recipe is SO simple (and delicious).  I use it in several different applications.  The easiest way to use this dressing is, as a dressing!  The cool thing about this recipe is that it is great for a winter or a spring salad.

For a winter salad, slice some pears, add some craisins, crumbled blue cheese and cinnamon spiced pecans to assorted salad greens.

For a lighter, spring version, sliced strawberries, fresh blackberries, candied walnuts and crumbled feta added to baby spinach and tender leaf lettuce make a perfect sweet and crunchy salad.

I also like to use this dressing to make a veggie side dish.  Here’s how… Toss together a bag of baby spinach, some toasted, slivered almonds, and a handful of crumbled, cooked bacon.  Heat the maple vinaigrette in a saucepan until it is hot, but not boiling.

Pour the hot dressing slowly over the spinach and other ingredients, tossing and lightly coating them as you go.  (Don’t over-dress it)  The spinach will heat up and start to wilt creating a warm spinach side dish to go with any main entrée you are making!

Maple Vinaigrette

  • 1 Cup dark balsamic vinegar
  • ½ Cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ Cup water
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Simple Directions:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together well
  2. Store in frig.  Bring to room temp before using and whisk again to blend

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