Eating healthy does not have to be boring or tasteless. I have tried so many times to like this dressing when I go out to eat and it is just....tolerable in most restaurants. Bottled balsamic dressing is not even worth it...I'd rather just eat plain lettuce. So, I decided to see if I could improve the taste just a bit. I did....and now it is one of my favorites!
This dressing is seriously the quickest, easiest dressing ever. The most important part is to purchase a good balsamic vinegar. It makes a difference. My favorite balsamic vinegar is one that I bought at a cooking expo. It was an aged balsamic vinegar from Modena. I have saved the label so I could order some online. I saw the label just this week and then when I went to look for it, of course, I cannot find it. But here is America's Test Kitchen's review of balsamics that they recommend. Balsamic vinegar should be aged and thick like a syrup....although the one I used tonight was one I bought at HEB grocery store. I just took a chance, It was Central Market brand but when I took at little sip, it burned the back of my throat a little.
However, I realized that have another bottle that I bought at the same expo and it was called Leonardo and Roberto's Gourmet Blend Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. It has a smooth, sweet taste. It is so good that I could probably just put it on my salad without making a vinaigrette. As balsamic vinegar ages, it gets richer and sweeter and loses its acidity. So, this is one brand that I can testify to the taste. Another thing, balsamic vinegars are a little costly for the good ones. This bottle cost around $50 but it is worth it and it goes a long way! If you do not want to purchase online, I am thinking that any gourmet kitchen store would probably have a good balsamic vinegar. Beaumont is about 20 minutes from my home and they have a great kitchen store called Kitchen Concepts, I bet they would probably have several to choose from for those of you who live close.
Tonight, I cooked salmon and served it with baked sweet potatoes and a salad with this dressing. I hope you will give it a try...healthy, easy, delicious....perfect combo!
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper (I always taste and add a little more!)
Put in a mason jar or cruet with a lid and shake well!