Monday, June 4, 2012

Spinach Salad with Something Special

There is always time for a delicious and fun salad. But before you can start with the salad, you need an amazing dressing. Here is a fun fruity one that I love to use for spinach salads. It’s a Balsamic Fig Dressing that uses fig jam and balsamic vinegar. I love the sweet savory taste in this dressing and since you make it in a food processor it emulsifies and gets nice and creamy.

My favorite salad to serve this on is: baby spinach salad with pieces of fresh mango, toasted pine nuts and crumbled feta cheese. It’s a perfect spring and summer salad great for any occasion. It’s even fantastic to eat alone. Because you know, even though Foodgasms are best shared with others, they are just as tasty when dining alone.

The ingredients
Balsamic Fig Dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fig jam
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • ½ teaspoon honey or agave syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoon minced shallots
  • salt/pepper to taste

Put all of the ingredients into a small food processor or blender and pulse till it's well combined.
Toss with or drizzle over salad.

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