Here are some lovely, healthy salad dressings to help start the year off right!

Aged Maple Balsamic-Bacon Vinaigrette Over Wilted Baby Spinach


Ingredients
4 tablespoons Aged Maple Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoon aged red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon good quality Dijon style mustard
4 tablespoons Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oil (your choice)
2 tablespoon finely minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 slices center-cut bacon, cooked to a crisp and finely crumbled

2 quarts young spinach leaves, stems removed, washed
Directions
Place spinach in a serving bowl.
Place the maple balsamic, half the crumbled bacon, red wine vinegar, salt, half the shallots, pepper, and mustard in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Gently warm while whisking – remove from heat before it reaches a simmer.  Allow to cool for a minute, and then whisk in the extra virgin olive oil to emulsify.  Adjust seasoning,
Gently dress spinach with warm vinaigrette and top with remaining crumbled bacon and shallot.
Serve warm

Classic Caesar Salad
Ingredients
2 large pasteurized egg yolks
1/2 garlic clove, peeled
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 anchovy fillet
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon style mustard
ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Ultra Premium Extra Virgin olive oil – the greener the better

1 cup croutons
6 hearts of Romaine Lettuce, washed, dried and roughly chopped or left whole

Directions
Place all ingredients into the the container of a blender or food processor in the order listed and secure lid.
Turn machine on and processed for 20 seconds.

Drizzle the dressing on the lettuce, add croutons and more grated Parmesan

Aged Raspberry Balsamic & Toasted Almond Vinaigrette

Ingredients
3 tablespoons Aged Raspberry Balsamic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons Toasted Almond Oil
1 teaspoon Dijon style mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/3 cup slivered toasted almonds
1/3 cup crumbled feta or Cherve cheese
2 quarts of your favorite lettuce greens
Directions
Place all the ingredients in to a bowl and whisk.  Alternately, this can be made in a blender or food processor.  Arrange  arrange lettuce in a bowl, drizzle with vinaigrette, sprinkle with almonds and cheese.
Posted by Rachel Bradley-Gomez