In a previous post, I shared a recipe for Homemade Raspberry Vinegar. Today, I'm sharing a couple of salad dressings you can make using raspberry vinegar. They're both delicious on your favorite salad greens. Add some berries, toasted nuts, and crumbled cheese to the greens, and you've got one fine salad.
These dressings can be made in a food processor or blender, shaken in a jar, or whisked in a bowl. I like to use a food processor, so that's what my photos demonstrate, but all of the methods work fine.
How to Make Raspberry Vinaigrette
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: raspberry vinegar (you can substitute white wine vinegar), olive oil, vegetable or grapeseed oil, honey, salt, shallot, dry mustard, white pepper, raspberry preserves/jam/spread.
Why the mustard? It adds flavor, but it's primary purpose is as an emulsifier. That means it helps to bind the oils with the other liquids so the salad dressing stays mixed.
This recipe was adapted from a poppy seed dressing recipe recommended by my sister, Nelda. The original recipe appeared in San Francisco A La Carte--a fabulous cookbook that's been around for over 25 years.
Step 1. Assemble these ingredients: raspberry vinegar (or substitute white vinegar for "regular" poppy seed dressing), sugar, dry mustard, salt, onion, olive oil, vegetable or grapeseed oil, poppy seeds. I used half the sugar called for in the original recipe, but you can use more if you prefer a sweeter dressing.
Step 2. Cut onion into a few pieces, add to food processor, and give it a whirl until the onion is minced.
Step 3. Add the vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt. Process until well combined.
Step 4. With the food processor running, pour the oils through the top tube in a fine stream; keep processing until completely mixed.
Step 5. Add the poppy seeds and pulse a couple of times until they're just mixed in.
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This has the health benefits of olive oil with a milder, lighter taste. I use it for baking, salad dressings, and sauteing, when I prefer a flavorless oil. I use a combination of this with olive oil in these salad dressing. Grapeseed oil is also recommended for use as a skin moisturizer.