Wednesday, July 13, 2011

{ Simple, Easy, Natural and Cheap - Homemade Vinaigrette + Your Weekly Peek }

Mmmm, mmm, mmm! I'm so excited for this week's box. This week's highlight is the shelling peas. How often do we get fresh peas? And they're so much better than frozen, they're like buttery bites of heaven. I can't wait to have them with our flank steak tonight.

The other two new additions to the box this week are the Italian Parsley and sugar snap peas... I feel a stir-fry coming on! I'm really pumped about the box this week (I'm dorky like that). We got more carrots, two delicious heads of lettuce, broccoli, rainbow chard, cabbage (I think that I might make sauerkraut), garlic and beets... well, I'm not as excited about the beets as the other goodies but at least we didn't get any more radishes, I am radish-ed out. I don't know if we'll get a better CSA week than this, the salads are going to be so sweetly delicious!

Speaking of salads, I wanted to share a simple, easy, natural and cheap alternative to store bought vinaigrettes. I ran across this particular recipe at, it takes about 5 minutes to throw together and they recommend you set it aside for 45 minutes so that the flavors have a chance to combine; I don't always do this and it's still delicious. So come on, let's throw together a vinaigrette.

Honey Garlic Vinaigrette

1 c vegetable oil
1/3 c apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp honey
2 cloves of garlic, minced 

First mince your garlic. I used garlic scapes instead of garlic cloves for my vinaigrette pictured here, they add nice color and a little milder garlic flavor than cloves, so I just used a lot of them to make up for their more mild flavor.

Next, toss the garlic and the rest of the ingredients into a serving/storage container. I use a half quart jar.

Emulsify, or in lay man's terms shake, the vinaigrette to mix the ingredients and you're done. Like I promised: simple, easy, natural and cheap. Now remind me why I used to spend $5 for a bottle of Breanna's Blush Vinaigrette?

Now I just need to look up some recipes for creamy dressings and I'll be set. No more store bought dressing for me!

I hope that you enjoy how yummy and simple this vinaigrette is.

Do you make your own dressing? What's your favorite?


Off The Cuff Cooking said...

I like to mix about 2 tbsp Dijon,1 tbsp honey, 3/4 cup olive oil, 1-2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar, and some salt & pepper... I whisk it until that magical minute when it all comes together into a perfect blend.

jacquelyn said...

homemade dressings are the best!! never going back.
My staple around here is walnut oil mixed with balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. My kids will eat endless amounts of salad with this dressing!

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