Lavender Honey Balsamic Salad Dressing
with Missy Tippens
One of our favorite restaurants in a nearby town, One Blue Duck, serves an amazing salad with shaved beets (usually golden) and some sort of bleu chese (gorgonzola, I think). And to top it off, it has this amazing lavender dressing made with lavender they grow out back. So I decided to try to make my own copy at home.
First, I did a search for dressings. I found this recipe that sounded similar at a blog called The Kitchen is My Playground. My photos can't compare to her gorgeous ones, so be sure to drop by to see it. Here's a link to the original dressing recipe (click here).
I made a few small adjustments. Here's my version…
6 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar (will try white balsamic next time)
2 T honey
1 T lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed (I used jarred minced)
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried lavender flowers
First, I took the advice from several of you to go to Penzey's Spices because I needed a trustworthy source of dried lavender.
Once that arrived, I was able to make my dressing.
I used my small, portable Hamilton-Beach smoothie blender. Put all ingredients inside and then blend.
Then I put it in the refrigerator to chill and got to work on the fresh beets.
Wash and peel one small beet. Then either slice thinly and chop into small pieces. Or shave it with a vegetable peeler. I think the shaving is probably better but I didn't think of it until later.
Place greens on the plate. Top with beets and other vegetables as desired. Add crumbled bleu cheese (I didn't have any). Then, after shaking well, drizzle on the chilled dressing.
It makes a beautiful salad!
P.S. My daughter doesn't really like the smell of lavender, so she didn't really care for this dressing. Just a warning. :)
I forgot to do the promised RWA Part 2 post. But I'll post the cowboy photo I mentioned. Mary Curry will kill me for sharing it with her eyes half closed. :)