Thursday, May 29, 2014
Fruity Blackberry Salad Dressing
Is it just a girly thing to love fruit on salad? I think it must be because Hannah and I are the only two people in our house who will eat our salad with fruit on it. Everyone else things it's crazy - and everyone else just happens to be male!
Anyway, I can't imagine having some fruit around and not tossing it on a fresh salad. And what could be a better topping for a fruit-studded salad that a fruity dressing? Really!
Since we have plenty of blackberries in the freezer, I decided to give them a try for a new dressing recipe. It turned out to be a delicious idea.
I like to use olive oil in my dressings, but decided to give grape seed oil a try this time. I've used it once before and enjoyed the lighter flavor. And instead of using vinegar, I kept my fruity theme going and chose lemon juice. The result? A light and highly fruity dressing that just happens to be beautiful too!
To make the dressing, begin by making a blackberry syrup:
1 c. blackberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. water
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Cool slightly and blend together in a blender or - my favorite - with a stick blender. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
Fruity Blackberry Dressing
3/4 c. grape seed oil
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. blackberry syrup
1/2 t. salt
Combine all ingredients together and blend well. Store in the refrigerator.
How about you - do you enjoy fruit on your salads?
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