Just a quick post today. A couple of weeks ago we sampled some wonderful balsamic vinegar. I picked out a couple to bring home and one was a Dark Chocolate Balsamic; sounded so strange but tasted oh so wonderful. The vinegar was so thick; almost as if it was a simple reduction already. The flavor made my mouth long for strawberries and today I finally had the chance to put the two together. It was delicious.
Strawberries and Cream with Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar
1 pound fresh strawberries
2 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs dark chocolate balsamic vinegar
1 cup cream
1/4 – 1/3 cup sugar
Wash, trim, and slice strawberries. Add sugar and balsamic vinegar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving
In mixer combine cream and sugar. Beat together over medium high to high-speed until medium stiff peak form about 2 – 3 minutes. Serve whipped cream with strawberries and drizzle extra sauce over top. If you prefer this would be wonderful on ice cream too!
Ok, so making a fat-free dressing isn’t my first intent but for some reason I am not a huge fan of all the oil that is in a true vinaigrette. While making a raspberry dressing the other day I grabbed my cooking olive oil vs. the extra virgin type; I was so disappointed when I tasted what was starting to be a super combination. Ergo my oil-less dressing was created. I often use just balsamic vinegar on my lettuce anyway so no oil just makes sense. We enjoyed our tossed salad with romaine lettuce, locally grown radishes, tomato, carrot, and mushrooms. We also added some avocado to our salads; it just seemed like a natural addition with the cilantro and lime.
Strawberry Cilantro Salad Dressing
1 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar ~ I used rice vinegar for a milder taste
1 tsp cilantro
1 Tbs lime juice
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
In blender combine all ingredients. I strained my dressing through a metal sieve. Some of the seeds still slip through and of course you lose a bit of the pepper and cilantro but it keeps most of the seeds at bay if you are sensitive or just don’t feel like contending with them in your teeth all day!