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One of my favorite tips for saving money on groceries is to make homemade salad dressing. Not only is it way cheaper than the bottled versions, it always tastes better and fresher. My current favorite recipe is this caramelized balsamic salad dressing with red onions.
The first time I tried the dressing, I served it over a plain Jane salad. It was good. In fact it was great. The second time I served it, we happened to have steaks for dinner. I put a few extra onions on my steak and the flavor profile blew me out of the water. This is why you should always serve steak on salads. Always.
That’s why the third time I made the dressing I had to serve it over a steak salad. Wow. Just wow. Not a salad fan? That’s cool, skip the salad and serve the dressing right on the steak. I won’t judge.
Speaking of steaks, I’ve got to share the seasoning I’ve been using on mine. For Father’s Day I gave Tom this Smoky Bourbon Spice Set from Shari’s Berries. They sent it to me to create a recipe. I used the paprika in blackening seasoning, and I’ve been using the salt and pepper on steaks and chicken ever since. I can’t stop.
I almost feel guilty creating such easy recipes with the spices! For the steaks I used half a tablespoon of salt and pepper to coat all the edges. That’s it! Then Tom grilled them until medium rare. So. Easy.
BTW- let me tell you about my new favorite place to buy steak, Walmart. I know, I know. Some of you probably think Walmart is the most evil corporation. I get it. I had family that worked for them so I see them in a different light. I see them as a company that has taken care of my family during really hard times.
Back to steaks. Their steaks are good and very well priced. We still support our favorite local butcher, Jimmy P’s, but when the budget is tight, it’s nice to know that I can get quality meat at Walmart.
Alright, enough talk. Let me share more about this caramelized balsamic salad dressing. First step is to find quality olive oil. Mom’s Meet sent me a sample of Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to help promote The Flavor Your Life campaign, supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. It is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news on European Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
I had no idea that olive oil from different regions of Europe was so different. Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor. Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor. Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green. French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor. Pretty cool, right?
No matter which EVOO you choose, this caramelized balsamic salad dressing is going to knock your socks off. Start with thinly sliced red onions. A mandolin is your best friend for this recipe.
Cook those onions in olive oil over medium heat until soft. Stir in some brown sugar and caramelize. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl, add balsamic vinegar, and the oil once the mixture cools. Easy peasy.
- 1 C. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 C. balsamic vinegar
- 2 large red onions, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Using a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the Olive Oil, on medium heat
- Add the onion. Turn down the heat and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes
- Stir in the brown sugar. Continue stirring as it begins to bubble and caramelize
- Turn into a medium mixing bowl and slowly whisk in the vinegar
- When cool, whisk in the remainder of the Olive Oil
- Season with salt and pepper
What is your favorite way to use olive oil?
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