I am not ready for Valentine’s Day yet but when looking at the calendar, I find it seems to be right around the corner. Time to get a nice romantic meal planned out for my wonderful Hubby. Fortunately, he will be home that weekend. He has been working out-of-town for weeks now, making it hard to make plans and to cook for one.
Today’s recipe is a nice sexy pink vinaigrette, perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime. My friend Mary, gave me the trio of nut oils from Trader Joe’s and I used the walnut oil to make it. Light, fun and beautiful! What more can you ask for in a sexy pink Pomegranate Rosemary Vinaigrette? Only some beautiful ingredients to serve it over.
I served it over greens, toasted walnuts, red pears, cheese and pomegranate seeds. Pour on the vinaigrette, which is sweet, slightly sour and filled with hints of fresh rosemary. My mouth is watering just thinking back on the flavor explosion.
I created this vinaigrette working on my Back to the Basics series. Vinaigrette are part of the basics and a basic no one should live without. Easy to make and lacking in all the extra additives from store-brought versions. Homemade versions have more flavor and attitude because you make them fresh. Just remember to make them in small batches because most are only good for about a week in the fridge.
The easiest way to make vinaigrette is to use the blender. Yes, you can use a whisk but the blender takes all the work out of the process. For the busy cook, this is a blessing and makes you more inclined to make your own, not reaching for the bottle on the store shelf. This sexy pink version is just that, fast and easy.
Another advantage to making vinaigrette at home is the ability to make your favorite flavors, you are only limited by your imagination. Vinaigrette is basically one part acid, such as vinegar or citrus juice, and two parts oil. Adjust for your own taste and add the ingredients of your choice. You can also use vinaigrette for more than just salads. Use them to flavor your favorite dishes or for a marinade.
Always add the flavor ingredients and the acid one into the blender first. Pulse to blend and then slowly start adding the oil to emulsify the mixture. Finally, taste and adjust for your perfect flavor at the end. Do not be afraid to experiment. And if you need inspiration, feel free to try this Pomegranate Rosemary Vinaigrette.
Pomegranate Rosemary Vinaigrette
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. Fresh rosemary, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp. Pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup walnut oil or light oil of your choice
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all the ingredients in a blender, except the oil.
Pulse until pomegranate seeds are completely pulverized.
Turn blender on and slowly drizzle oil in until the mix is emulsified.
Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow flavor melding. Can be stored in the fridge for about a week.
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