Saturday, October 9, 2010

Michelle's Vinaigrette

Michelle's Vinaigrette

My sister in law, Michelle, is an amazing cook.  Every time we go to her home for dinner, everything she makes is extraordinary.  She is great at putting menus together and she has very good taste for blending flavors.  When we have family dinners at our inlaws, we often bring parts of the meal to accompany the main course.  She usually brings the salad and I always look forward to it.   You know how some people are good at baking and others are good at entrees?  Michelle is good at salads!

Michelle's Vinaigrette

Red and Green Lettuce
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly in half
6 oz. mandarin orange slices
1/2 C. chopped, toasted hazelnuts
blue cheese crumbles (optional)

1/2 C. olive oil
1 t. dijon mustard
1 T. honey
1 T. rice wine vinegar
2 T. balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

Prepare red and green leaf lettuce.  Add onions, orange slices, hazelnuts and cheese.  Prepare vinaigrette  in a separate bowl or hand shaker by adding all vinaigrette ingredients and blending well.  Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss.  Enjoy immediately.

Tip:  If you are serving this salad for guests as a starter, put your stack of salad plates in the refrigerator or freezer.  When you plate the salad on the icy cold plates, it tastes so much better!

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