January 30, 2011

Sunday salad #4- balsamic vinaigrette

This week is a healthy low- fat salad idea. Traditional balsamic vinegar is produced from the juice of just-harvested white grapes (typically, Trebbianomust, which is then fermented with a slow aging process which concentrates the flavours. The flavour intensifies over grapes) boiled down to approximately 30% of the original volume to create a concentrate or the years, with the vinegar being stored in wooden casks, becoming sweet, viscous and very concentrated. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, an inexpensive modern imitation of the traditional product, is today widely available and much better known. This is the kind commonly used for salad dressing together with oil. Here is my favorite version of this salad dressing.
1/3 c olive oil
1/3 c balsamic vinegar
2 tsp dry thyme
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp basil
 -into jar and shake, gets better as it sits

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