Truffle Balsamic Vinaigrette

Truffle Balsamic Vinaigrette

Not everyone is a fan of truffle — it’s one of those love/hate flavors, where people seem to fall on one side of the fence or another. And I freaking love it. Truffle oil is just this magical extra oomph that takes something from normal to "oh this is amazing.”

Like many good things, the trick is not using too much. If you’re about to eat truffle oil by the spoonful you should buckle up — that would be a LOT in one bite! In this vinaigrette, truffle oil is combined with olive oil which makes a salad dressing with just the right amount of truffle.

In a rush, and throwing together a salad to take with me to work, I’ll often just drizzle some oil and vinegar over top of some veggies and call it good, but when I actually take the time to make a real vinaigrette it makes such a big difference (and, you can keep a jar of this dressing in the fridge for a week: time saver!).

But this vinaigrette isn’t just any old vinaigrette…yes, it has truffle oil, but there’s more! More, in the form of:

  • Dijon mustard. It adds a bit of creaminess and the flavor of mustard is nice and sharp, adding just a tiny bit of punch to the vinaigrette

  • Shallot. Like mustard, shallot just adds a bit of extra zing. Shallots are like onions but way more mellow, and won’t leave your mouth with that “I just ate a plate full of red onion” flavor

  • Salt & Pepper. Easy peasy — but does make a difference.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, you could add a teaspoon of minced fresh rosemary, thyme, or basil. A dash of red pepper flakes is perfect for anyone that likes a little extra heat.

Truffle Balsamic Vinaigrette
Truffle Balsamic Vinaigrette

Like I said above, I like balsamic vinaigrettes (with or without truffle) on almost any salad, but here are five I recommend:

  1. Spinach salad with butternut & figs

  2. Late fall salad

  3. Arugula, peach and piquillo pepper salad

  4. Winter salad with kale apples

  5. And of course… a simple caprese salad, or like in the video below, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella over arugula. YUM!

If you don’t see the video player below, click here to watch, or scroll down for the full recipe.

Truffle Balsamic Vinaigrette

Published February 7, 2018 by
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Serves: 8   |    Active Time: 10 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons truffle oil (look for an olive oils infused with truffle)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake to combine.
    2. Drizzle over salad of choice.
    3. Store in fridge for up to 1 week.

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    Wild Rice Salad with Pomegranate & Satsuma Mandarins

    Wild Rice Salad with Satsuma Mandarins

    Two delicious fruits are currently in season: Pomegranates and Satsuma Oranges.

    When I was a kid my dad would buy pomegranate as soon as it appeared in stores. Back then the fruit wasn’t “cool” and no one was talking about how it was a good source of antioxidants. In fact, I would take it to school for lunch and other kids would ask, “What is that?” (I got that a lot — I always had the most “interesting” brown bag lunches.) I’ve adopted my dad’s habit, and hop on pomegranate season as soon as the fruits look bright and red and juicy. I put them in salads (like this one with kale and delicata squash or this one with brussels sprouts) and add the juice to smoothies. My favorite is my dad’s Pomegranate Sorbet (!), but this wild rice salad is a a healthier way to enjoy the flavor.

    Wild Rice Salad with Satsuma Mandarins
    Wild Rice Salad with Satsuma Mandarins

    When it comes to citrus fruits, I’ve never been the biggest fan — it’s not that I don’t like oranges, there are just other fruits I like more. BUT during citrus season, when everything is at it’s peak and you can find blood oranges and ruby red grapefruits and mandarins… that’s when I get on board. Satsuma Mandarins are the best, aren’t they?!

    These two fruits together sing winter to me — they are a pop of fresh in an otherwise dull season, little gems in this wild rice salad.

    Wild rice, by the way, is another key here. It’s nuttier than white rice and gives this salad great texture and flavor. Either use leftover rice or cook the rice ahead of time. You can do this in an Instant Pot (affiliate link!) by placing 1 cup water and 1 cup wild rice in the pot and setting it to High Pressure for 28 minutes, and then allowing the pressure to release naturally.

    The whole thing is tossed with arugula (which is why it can be called a salad 😏). The bitterness of the greens are a good balance to the sweetness of the fruit and nuts. Add toasted pecans on top of that, and every bite is a combo of nutty and fresh and savory and sweet.

    Wild Rice Salad with Satsuma Mandarins

    Wild Rice Salad with Pomegranate & Satsuma Mandarins

    Published January 10, 2018 by
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    Serves: 6   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cups baby arugula
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled wild rice (leftover rice does great!)
  • 3-4 Satsuma Mandarins, peeled
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate perils 
  • 3/4 cups toasted pecans
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Directions:

    1. Make the vinaigrette: Add all ingredients for the vinaigrette to a jar. Close jar and shake to combine.
    2. Assemble salad: In a large salad bowl, combine arugula, wild rice, mandarins, pomegranate perils, and toasted pecans.
    3. Drizzle vinaigrette over rice salad to taste, adding additional salt & pepper to your preferences. Toss and serve.

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    Fresh Mint & Fresno Chile Broccoli Salad

    Fresno Mint & Fresco Chile Broccoli Salad

    This recipe is a copycat recipe from Mod Market, a quick serve restaurant in my area. I go there for lunch meetings (otherwise I usually bring my own lunch) and get whatever they have on their seasonal menu. One day, their seasonal item was this Fresno Mint Broccoli Salad. By bite three I was already thinking about how I would recreate the recipe to share with you all! It's perfect as a hearty salad for lunch but also great as a pot luck dish or side at a dinner party. It also stays fresh in a tupperware in the fridge for a week, so you could make a huge batch and eat deliciously all week.

    Fresh Mint & Fresno Chile Broccoli Salad
    Fresh Mint & Fresno Chile Broccoli Salad

    The base of the salad is arugula. Everything else that goes in is big on flavor: start with fresh broccoli florets, then roasted sweet potatoes, slivered almonds, pickled red onions, minced mint leaves and finally thinly sliced fresno peppers. They are all bold, but none so bold that it out shadows the rest. You get these hearty bites of broccoli and roasted sweet potato, touches of clean mint, and then sweet and bright peppers popping through. The almonds lend crunch. Every bite is slightly different, every bite is delicious.

    Drizzle with any dressing you like--I have used both a White Balsamic Vinaigrette and the Bacon Vinaigrette from Trader Joe's and both were fantastic.

    Fresh Mint & Fresno Chile Broccoli Salad

    Fresh Mint & Fresno Chile Broccoli Salad

    Published May 11, 2017 by
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    With bold ingredients, this salad is sure to make any meal bright!

    Serves: 6   |    Total Time: 40 minutes



    Ingredients:

    • 5 cups baby arugula
    • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted lightly
    • 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin and quick pickled
    • 1 cup broccoli florets cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 4 red fresno peppers, sliced thin
    • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, minced or cut chiffonade-style
    • 1 cup diced sweet potatoes
    • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
    • 1/8 teaspoon each salt & pepper
    • Dressing of choice (I used a white balsamic vinaigrette)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss cubed sweet potato in avocado oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Spread on a cookie sheet, and place in oven. Bake until tender through, 25-35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool
    2. While the sweet potatoes cook, prep the rest of your salad: Place arugula in a large serving bowl. Top with broccoli florets, thinly sliced fresno peppers, mint, and toasted almonds. When the potatoes are cool, add them to the salad and toss everything with your dressing of choice. Serve!

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