Variations on a theme: Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette & Creamy Raspberry Tarragon Vinaigrette

Posted: August 16, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I often forget how good a creamy dressing on garden fresh greens can be.  In our high-speed world, I usually make the speediest of vinaigrettes by simply sprinkling vinegar, oil and a pinch of Maldon salt on a plate a greens.  No jar, no whisk, no spoon.  Making a creamy dressing is so simple, I don’t know why I am not making them more often.  Here are three variations on a creamy tarragon dressing.  Don’t drown your salad greens in dressing: three teaspoons of dressing will serve two people nicely.  Toss well to coat the greens.

Creamy Tarragon Dressing

Makes 2/3 cup

Ingredients

1/3 cup mayo

3 tablespoons Tarragon Vinegar

1 teaspoon grainy Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon tarragon (dried or fresh)

1 teaspoon honey

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small jar.  If using dried tarragon, let dressing sit for 1/2 hour before using to meld flavours.


Creamy Buttermilk Tarragon Dressing

Makes 2/3 cup

Follow recipe above using 1/3 cup buttermilk to replace the mayonnaise

Creamy Raspberry Tarragon Vinaigrette

Makes just over 2/3 cup

Ingredients

1/3 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar

1 teaspoon grainy Dijon mustard

1/3 cup raspberries

1 teaspoon tarragon (dried or fresh)

1 teaspoon raspberry jam or jelly (or honey)

salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Blend all ingredients either by hand or with your immersion blender.  If using dried tarragon let sit for half an hour before serving to meld flavours.




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