Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing

Balsalmic Poppy Seed Dressing

I love to make my own salad dressings.  Beside the fact that making my own is less expensive than buying bottled salad dressing, it’s so fresh!  You can’t buy bottled dressing as delicious as this one. This dressing recipe is unique because it calls for 2 kinds of vinegar. Balsamic Vinegar and Red Wine Vinegar.  Another thing that makes this dressing unique is the Bermuda onion that is blended right into the dressing along with the other ingredients.

This is wonderful tossed with a salad of Spring mix lettuce leaves, spinach leaves, green onion tops, fruits (such as grapes, dried cranberries, diced apples, blueberries or strawberries – or combination of all of them!), some crunchy nuts (try slivered almonds, walnuts or even pine nuts) and maybe even some cooked and cooled pasta (bow-tie pasta is cute!)  Add some shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese  too!  If you want a main dish salad, you can even top it with some diced, grilled chicken…

The thing that’s fun about this salad is that you can be creative.  Toss in whatever you love!

Whenever I have taken this salad to a party or shower, the bowl always comes back empty!  It’s that delicious.

Here’s the recipe:

½ small Bermuda onion
¼ c. red wine vinegar
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. dijon mustard
½ t. paprika
1 t. salt
1 c. vegetable oil
1 ½ T. poppy seeds

Chop the onion into small enough pieces to fit into the blender.  Puree the onion in the blender with the 2 kinds of vinegar. Add the next 5 ingredients and blend until smooth. Drizzle in the oil in slowly while blending on med-high speed, then add the poppy seeds last. Refrigerate in a covered container until serving time.  Toss salad with dressing just before serving.

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