If I’m going to have a salad, then the dressing has to be good. Nothing turns me off a salad like a boring or badly dressed salad. That’s one of the reasons I’m addicted to Trader Joe’s Seasoned Rice Vinegar. And when I say addicted, I’m not kidding. This stuff, a little olive or grapeseed oil and some freshly ground black pepper transforms any green stuff into a lovely salad.
But today’s tidbit is not about that simple but satisfying dressing. This is one that I bastardized from the lovely Isa Chandra Moscowitz. Yes, again.
The main components are hers, but I jazzed up the vinegars and it makes it just that much better. I guess it’s easy to improve on something that’s already fantastic?
Also, I do have to show off The Husband’s grilling skills. We grilled yet ANOTHER chicken under bricks (we can’t help it, it’s so easy and SO GOOD) and boy, did this one come out perfect. I made the mistake of saying that my chicken breast was a little dry and nearly got kicked out of the house for it. I think I’m just spoiled, because the chicken from the farmers market is always so moist, and lucky that The Husband loves my cooking because he didn’t kick me out.
So here’s a great salad dressing to go with any Spanish or Mediterranean flavors you might have going on for dinner:
Romesco Salad Dressing:
3 Tbs toasted slivered almonds (make sure they are nice and toasty!)
1/3 c. jarred roasted red peppers (or you can make your own if you have the time and think you’re Giada de Laurentiis or something)
1/3 c. water
2 Tbs vinaigre de Jerez (Spanish sherry vinegar)
1 Tbs champagne vinegar (white Balsamic might do in a pinch)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp agave syrup or honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Valentina or other hot sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
Throw it all in a blender (or in a tall beaker, like me, and use the stick blender) and blend til nice and smooth. I like to add the water last in case it gets too watery.
It saves nicely in the fridge for at least a week, and the flavors blend nicely. ¡Aye carumba!
And here’s a pic of that gorgeous chicken: