Category: Recipes

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad Waldorf Chicken Salad is a delicious salad recipe packed full of all kinds good for you ingredients. This super, summertime salad will hit the spot on a hot day. Made with the classic ‘Waldorf’ ingredients, chopped apples and celery, but with the added 

Strawberry Caprese Salad

Strawberry Caprese Salad Strawberry Caprese Salad is my take on a salad I recently ordered and loved at Panera Bread . Last week I spent some time in Oshkosh with Bobby and Kim. The reason for my visit, to take a look at the hard 

Balsamic Cucumber Tomato Salad

Balsamic Cucumber Tomato Salad

Balsamic Cucumber Tomato Salad

Balsamic Cucumber Tomato Salad is a light and refreshing side dish or side salad. It pairs well with grilled kabobs, chicken or even hot dogs. If you’re a fan of cucumbers you’ll surely like this fast and easy salad. Made with thin slices of English cucumber, grape tomatoes, onion and reduced-fat feta cheese. Not only is this salad light and delicious, it’s not too bad on the waistline either:) With the many balsamic vinaigrette’s on the market today, purchase one that is reduced-fat, low-cal and you can cut the calories even further in this salad.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

This salad is made with a bottled balsamic vinaigrette as was the last recipe I posted. With that in mind I thought I’d share some information on balsamic vinegar and vinaigrette. We love balsamic vinegar and vinaigrette in my house and I use both often in recipes. As I’ve stated before, I personally think that some recipes turn out fine with a bottled balsamic vinaigrette. Find a bottled vinaigrette you like, stick with it and stock-up:)

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Some Recipes

Some recipes turn out better with a homemade, from scratch balsamic vinaigrette. The choice is really up to you but keep in mind when purchasing balsamic vinegar, to buy the best brand you can afford. Prices range from $3 per bottle all the way up to $100 per bottle. Many times the quality of vinegar used in a recipe will determine how much to spend also. For example; if you’re making a dish were the balsamic vinegar will play a huge difference in the taste of the finished dish, purchase a better quality balsamic vinegar. If the recipe calls for a tablespoon or so, a lower quality balsamic vinegar can be used.

What is Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar hails from Italy. It’s made in and around the area of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Balsamic vinegar is produced from white Trebbiano grapes. The “must” is cooked down, concentrated until deep, dark and rich. The vinegar continues to gain its dark color and pungent sweetness from a lengthy period of aging in barrels. Balsamic vinegar is made similar to the way that wine is made and aged.

Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is aged in wood containers made of chestnut, juniper, and mulberry. Balsamic vinegar graduates from larger to smaller size barrels as the vinegar ages over a period of years. It should be noted that many balsamic vinegar contain sulfites. Sulfites are primarily added to inhibit the growth of unfavorable, flavor-detracting bacteria.

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