We are in full-swing summer time mode here. How about you? I love July in New Mexico becasue we seem to get a bit of a break from that cruel summer heat with some cooler temperatures from the daily monsoons. I love it! A few nights ago it was 71 degrees after dinner and we enjoyed a lovely walk around the neighborhood.
In the summer, I totally love salad for dinner. We have it at least once a week and then I usually make enough that my husband and I can have it for lunch a few days too. We love green salad with grilled chicken, avocado, fruit and cheese topped with this Creamy Balsamic Parmesan dressing (that I'm sharing today) or this yummy Honey Poppyseed Vinaigrette.
This balsamic dressing is super versatile, we love it on green salad, pasta salad and we even love to marinate our chicken in it before we grill it. The flavor is rich and delicioius and compliments just about anything you want dressing on. In fact, you might see me wiping the dressing remnants with my finger or bread or anything so I don't' leave any trace behind. That's how much I love it. I hope you will too!
Creamy Balsamic Parmesan Dressing
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic salt
½ red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
1 cup canola oil
⅓ cup Parmesan cheese, fresh grated
¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning
You can make this with a regular blender or an immersion blender and 2 cup measuring cup.
In a blender or 2 cup measuring cup combine the vinegars, lemon juice, sugar, mustard powder, salt, garlic salt, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Blend in blender to combine. While blender is running slowly add the oil in a steady stream. Once that’s added you can turn of the blender and add the Parmesan cheese, pulse to blend and combine the cheese into the dressing. Then stir in the Italian seasoning. If you want to blend that you can, but I like my seasonings not blended.
Put in dressing container and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This dressing is delicious on green salad, pasta salad or used as a marinade for chicken.
adapted from our best bites