When in Mexico…

So I got to accompany my sweet and fun sister to Mexico last weekend for the wedding of some dear friends. Mexico in February is the place to be! It was absolutely beautiful! It was such a treat to jet … Continue reading

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