Sunday, April 29, 2012

Vinaigrette with Amarena Cherry Mosto Cotto

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.

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!


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

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.