Monday, January 14, 2008
Spinach Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette and Gorgonzola
Sometimes you just can't beat a good salad. I typically subscribe to the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple, Stupid), opting for dark greens instead of light, and less ingredients rather than more. Yes, less is more, as evidenced in this favorite of mine. All you need is fresh spinach, crumbled Gorgonzola for garnish and the following homemade dressing:
Orange Honey Vinaigrette
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
salt and pepper, to taste
With food processor running, drop garlic and parsley down feed tube and let process until garlic is minced.
Turn off machine and remove cover, add all remaining ingredients except salt and pepper, replace cover and process for several seconds until well blended.
Taste and add more honey if you wish, and salt and pepper to taste.
Keep bottled in the fridge and shake well before using.
My grade: A (it's now my favorite vinaigrette, hands down.)
Thanksk to Lennie from RecipeZaar for this recipe.