Posts Tagged ‘dressing’

Honey balsamic dressing

In recipe on January 31, 2011 at 8:00 am

I don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning gadgets. I love salad dressings with fresh shallots (like this creamy basil dressing) but I hate, hate, HATE washing a blender or food processor. They always end up needing hand-washing, and then nobody wants to dry them or put them away so they languish on the drying rack for about a week after use.


So I always get very excited when I find an easy and tasty salad dressing that doesn’t require use of a gadget. This dressing fits the bill. I served it most recently on a mixed greens-chicken-pine nut-grapefruit salad and it was delish.


Honey balsamic dressing

Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

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In cookbook, recipe on October 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Why, it’s a book review-slash-recipe post!

Last year the design blogosphere was all aflutter with the republishing of a classic French cookbook, I Know How to Cook. From a sheer aesthetic standpoint, the book is exquisite – clean, modern type; whimsical, colorful illustration; plus great photos.

I bought it for myself after chancing upon it USED at Moe’s in Berkeley. What luck, right? I carried home my prize, smugly.

Flash forward to one full year later, and I had yet to use the thing. It’s just too BIG and PRETTY. I’d rather put it on my coffee table, rather than allowing it to get down and dirty in the kitchen.

Finally, searching for an easy vinaigrette for some green beans, I cracked it open. And found an easy, accessible dressing recipe. It was so simply written, but something in the way that they wrote the recipe made this the best vinaigrette I’ve ever made.

So here goes, with me almost unable to paraphrase this simple, elegant dressing. They suggest using on salads, cold vegetables, beef or even fish.


Creamy basil dressing

In recipe on September 17, 2009 at 2:30 am

I’m trying to teach myself photography right now. Being able to take a fine picture of my cooking would be super helpful right about now, for this basil dressing is the prettiest, most delicious sauce I have ever made.

Confession: I discovered an iteration of this sauce in one of Trader Joe’s ready made salads (Israeli couscous with chicken?) during my last meat eating month. It was so crazy good that I did some googling and found a recipe that was a simple recreation of the sauce:

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar*
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Blend  in a blender.

*I use Trader Joe’s white balsamic vinegar for this recipe. Taste wise, it doesn’t make too much of a difference, but using the clear version makes the sauce less muddy looking.

Because as I said before, this dressing is some kind of gorgeous. It easily gussies up simple salads and vegetables—I put it on purple potatoes recently and was all like, “Hot damn! I’m ready for Top Chef!” Plus, when do you get to eat something the color of a lime Gusher?