Sunday, April 29, 2012

Shake up some salad dressing

I make a LOT of salad dressing; I don't buy any at all.

So when I saw that OXO was looking for some bloggers for their Healthy Eating with OXO campaign, and I looked at the list of items available for review, I was immediately interested in the salad dressing shaker. It wasn't the most expensive item on the list, but it looked like something I could use.

Hey - could you use one? I've got one to give away! Keep reading - we'll get there.

And, well, it was something I didn't already own. I love my OXO scale and use it almost every day, but I don't need another one. I have a mandoline and peelers and a salad spinner. So I asked for the salad dressing shaker.

I've used it a few times already and while it's not an earthshaking innovation, it's got a lot of useful features. It's got easy to read measurements, if you're being precise, and it's dishwasher safe and easy to hold onto. For pouring, it's got a pouring spout with a little toggle-thing on top. I was a little worried that the top piece wouldn't seal well, but it worked perfectly.

And maybe it's just me, but I think this would also make an excellent drink shaker. I haven't tried that yet, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work.

But for now, let's just make some salad dressing, eh?

This dressing includes an interesting cherry and grape syrup that I got from Marx Foods when I cashed in a gift certificate I had. I figured that raspberry worked well in salad dressing, so why not cherry?

Vinaigrette with Amarena Cherry Mosto Cotto

1/8 cup sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon Amarena Cherry Mosto Cotto
3/8 cup olive oil
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme

Put all the ingredients into the salad dressing shaker.


Shake-shake-shake. Shake-shake-shake. Shake your dressing ...
Shake your dress-ing.


Hey, look, it's emulsified!

Serve.

The salad I made included the salad greens you expect, along with some chunky pieces of cucumber and some cooked, chilled asparagus.

And now for the GIVEAWAY. Contest is over. 
And the winner is FoodStoriesBlog.

I have a salad dressing shaker waiting for you.
  • For your mandatory entry, tell me what your favorite salad dressing is.
  • For an optional entry, tweet a link to this contest. Come back here and tell me that you tweeted.
  • For an optional entry, pin one of my "birdie bread" photos from this post onto Pinterest. Come back here and tell me you pinned.
And that's it! Three possible entries

Oh - and if you want to enter another giveaway, go to this post, where I'm giving away a quart jar of coconut oil. Yep, a whole quart.

Contest starts the millisecond this posts and ends at midnight, Mountain time on Saturday, May 5. Open to US residents only.

I received the salad dressing shaker from OXO for my own use free of charge, as well as a second salad dressing shaker to give away. I was not required to say nice things.
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