What a beautiful dressing this makes for salads, particularly salads that contain berries. I used it on the easy Mixed Young Lettuces with Blueberries, Gorganzola, Candied Pecans, and Pancetta.
The dressing starts with a base of fresh raspberry puree. Simply blitz the fresh berries in the blender and then press the puree through a fine mesh strainer with a spatula or the back of spoon. I used two types of vinegar in this dressing, white balsamic and red wine vinegar. A raspberry infused vinegar could be used in place of either one of the vinegars.
As for the oil, I used walnut oil. It has a such a nice, light flavor. If you have grape seed oil, that would very well, too. If you don’t have either one of these oils, use a neutral flavored oil of your choice. My best recommendation is to NOT use a strongly flavored olive oil. I think that it would detract from the raspberry flavor.
Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette
Sweet, fresh raspberries join red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard in this Raspberry Vinaigrette.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: about 2 1/4 cups dressing
- 1 1/2 cups raspberry puree (about 3 cups raspberries)
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar (more or less as per your own taste preference)
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or a raspberry infused vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 cup walnut oil (or grape seed oil or a neutral-flavored oil of your choice)
- Rinse and drain fresh raspberries. Puree in blender.
- Strain puree through a fine mesh sieve to separate seeds from the puree. I poured the puree into the strainer and stirred with a rubber spatula, pressing against the sides of the strainer. A spoon would also work just fine for stirring/pressing.
- Return puree to blender and add the vinegars, mustard, and salt. Blend on low until well mixed.
- With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the oil. It is important to add the oil slowly so that an emulsion will be created, making a dressing that will not separate.
- Chill for at least 2 hours for best flavor.
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