Sunday, June 9, 2013

Berry Good Vinaigrette

Berries are making their way into the market. Cherries (while not technically a berry) have pushed out the citrus, local strawberries will appear in a few weeks, and of course we always seem to have a bag or two of blueberries in the freezer all year long. When you have a few sad little berries rolling in the bottom of an otherwise empty produce bag, try whisking together a berry vinaigrette. It is great over grilled asparagus, a spinach or fruit salad, and alongside roasted chicken. Berry versatile (food punners unite)!

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Berry Vinaigrette
1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries or small fruit*
2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Olive or grapeseed oil
Salt and pepper

Use food processor or blender to puree berries with vinegar, maple, and mustard. Whisk in enough grapeseed oil (about 1/4 cup) to make an emulsified dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

* Strawberries, pitted cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries all work well.

2 comments:

stephanieann said...

i'm sure the vinaigrette is great, but that asparagus is what caught my eye ;)

patrice said...

I knew you'd be lured in by the asparagus, stepahniesays!