Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing

Recipes using our Essential Balsamic Sauce.

Arugula, Mizuna & Beet Salad w/Mint and Feta

Arugula, Mizuna & Beet Salad w/Mint and Feta

  Ingredients 1 bunch fresh arugula and/or mizuna 2 beets, cooked & sliced 3-4 radish, thinly sliced 1 handful fresh mint leaves ½ c cooked farro 1/3 c crumbled sheep milk feta cheese 3 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Dressing & Sauce Instructions 1. Place all the items in a large bowl and toss together. Serves 2-4 Printer-Friendly PDF | Arugula & Beet...

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Fresh Snap Peas with Radish & Feta

Fresh Snap Peas with Radish & Feta

  Ingredients 2 Generous Handfuls Fresh Snap Peas, washed & trimmed 1-2 Radishes, thinly sliced 1/3 Cup Feta Cheese, crumbled 2 Tablespoons Dulcet Essential Balsamic Dressing & Sauce Instructions 1. Place salad fixings in large bowl and toss with Dulcet Essential Balsamic Dressing. Serves 2 Printer-Friendly...

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Spinach Salad with Blood Orange & Fennel

Spinach Salad with Blood Orange & Fennel

  Ingredients Fresh or Packaged Spinach, 1 large bunch 1 Blood Orange, peeled and cut into segments 1/2 Cup Fennel Bulb, shaved 1/2 Cup Goat Cheese, crumbled 1/2 Cup Salted Pistachios, shelled 2-3 Tablespoons Dulcet Essential Balsamic Dressing & Sauce Instructions 1. Place salad fixings in large bowl and toss with Dulcet Essential Balsamic Dressing. Serves 2-4 Printer-Friendly...

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Avocado & Walnut Salad

Avocado & Walnut Salad

  Ingredients 1 Head of your favorite lettuce, broken into bite-sized pieces 1 Avocado, diced 1 Large Tomato, diced 2 Radishes, thinly sliced 1/3 Cucumber, peeled and diced 1/3 Cup Walnut Halves 1/2 Cup Goat or Blue Cheese, crumbled 3-4 Tablespoons Dulcet Essential Balsamic Dressing & Sauce Instructions 1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss with Dulcet Essential Balsamic Dressing. 2. Top with fresh ground pepper. Serves 4-6 Printer-Friendly...

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Braised Leeks with Balsamic & Parmesan

Braised Leeks with Balsamic & Parmesan

  Ingredients 4 Leeks 1 T unsalted butter 1 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing 1/2 c veggie or chicken stock 2 T fresh bread crumbs1-2 T freshly grated Parmesan cheese Fresh ground black pepper Instructions 1. Cut away the green stem, leaving just the white and light green part of the leek, trim the root-end and then cut the leek in half lengthwise. 2. Place the leeks in a bowl of cold water cut side down for 10 minutes. 3. Run water over each leek individually to remove any grit, place on paper towel to dry. 4. Melt the butter in a heavy ovenproof sauté pan over medium...

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Braised Leeks with Balsamic (photo blog)

Braised Leeks with Balsamic (photo blog)

There is a lot to love about leeks! They’re a beautiful plant in the garden, are super easy to grow, and will even over-winter should you be inspired to make a fire-side soup on a cold night. Like their onion and garlic relatives, they also have impressive cardiovascular health benefits. The long green leaves of leeks, typically discarded for a primary meal because they are too fibrous, are fabulous thrown in the stock pot with other cast-offs. And finally, their mild, sweet onion flavor are a perfect complement to other milder flavors as they do not overwhelm. Yet sadly, leeks...

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Shaved Zucchini and Parmesan Salad

Shaved Zucchini and Parmesan Salad

Ingredients 1 lb zucchini, the thinner the better for using a peeler for shaving 1 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing 10 cherry tomatoes, cut into halves 2 T pine nuts, toasted Parmesan or Pecorino Romano Cheese, shaved with vegetable peeler or freshly grated 8 fresh basil leaves, julienne sliced flaked sea salt (optional) fresh ground black pepper Instructions 1. Cut off the ends of the zucchini, and then using a vegetable peeler, carefully slice long thin strands from one end of the zucchini to the other end. 2. Place the zucchini in a bowl and toss with the Essential...

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Balsamic & Pink Peppercorn Crostini

Balsamic & Pink Peppercorn Crostini

Ingredients 6 slices artisan French or country loaf 6 oz soft mild goat or sheep cheese 1 ½ t pink peppercorns, very coarsely ground with a mortar & pestle, or with the flat side of a chef knife or wooden spoon 1 T fresh herbs thinly sliced. (Basil, oregano and thyme leaves all work well!) 1-2 T Dulcet Balsamic Dressing Instructions 1. Toast the bread slices on both sides under the broiler or on the grill. 2. Allow to cool. 3. Spread a generous portion of cheese on each slice. 4. Drizzle the Essential Balsamic Sauce over the cheese and then top with pink peppercorns and fresh herbs. 5....

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Grilled Peach Salad w/ Balsamic

Grilled Peach Salad w/ Balsamic

Ingredients 1 peach, ripe but firm 2 generous handfuls mache, or your favorite salad greens 2 oz soft crumbed goat cheese 2 T marcona almonds Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing Fresh ground black pepper Instructions 1. Cut the peach into quarters, and brush the cut sides with 1 t of the Essential Balsamic Dressing. 2. Place on a pre-heated grill and cook for 2 minutes per side. 3. Toss the greens with a small amount of the Essential Balsamic Dressing. 4. Arrange the greens, grilled peach, cheese and almonds on salad plates on top with fresh ground black pepper. Serves 2...

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Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta

Ingredients 1 lb fresh tomatoes, diced 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped 10 lg fresh basil leaves, torn or julienne sliced 2 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing ¼ lb dry capellini or angel hair pasta 2 T extra virgin olive oil salt & freshly ground black pepper freshly grated parmesan cheese Instructions 1. Place the diced tomatoes in a colander to allow some juice to drain off. 2. Toss the tomatoes with the garlic, basil and Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce. 3. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 4 ½ minutes or until al dente. 4. Remove the pasta from the stove, place...

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Grilled Treviso

Grilled Treviso

Ingredients 1 head Treviso 3 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Regiano Cheese Freshly ground black pepper Instructions 1. Cut the head of Treviso in half lengthwise. 2. Drizzle the outside and the cut side with the Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing. 3. Place on grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side. 4. Remove from grill and serve with shaved cheese and fresh black pepper. Serves 2 Printer-Friendly PDF: Grilled...

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Grilled Padron Peppers w/Balsamic (photo blog)

Grilled Padron Peppers w/Balsamic (photo blog)

These sweet, mild peppers have the occasional spicy guy hiding in the bunch so it’s a fun surprise to see who will be the “lucky” recipient of the spicy pepper! Pimientos de Padron, originating from Padron, Spain, are traditionally served tapas style, and are simply sautéed or fried in olive oil and finished with coarse sea salt. We have Viridian Farms to thank for introducing these little gems to the Portland Market a few years ago. Now they are available at many of the farmer’s market stands from July to September and have become a local favorite, showing up in various dishes on Portland...

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Grilled Padron Peppers

Grilled Padron Peppers

Ingredients 1 pint Padron Peppers 1 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing 2 pinches sea salt Instructions 1. In a bowl, toss the peppers with the Essential Balsamic Sauce. 2. Place the peppers on the grill and cook until blisters and little charring occurs. 3. Remove from grill, place on platter and sprinkle with sea salt. 4. Enjoy as an appetizer while grilling the rest of your meal. Serves 2-4 Helpful hint: The peppers can be cooked in a hot cast iron skillet or sauté pan with equally good results. Printer-Friendly...

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Slow Roasted Tomatoes & Orzo Salad

Slow Roasted Tomatoes & Orzo Salad

Ingredients 8 slow roasted roma tomatoes 5 cloves roasted garlic Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper Small bunch of fresh thyme 1 ½ c dried orzo pasta 7 oz fresh buffalo mozzarella (also known as bufala mozzarella) or cow’s milk mozzarella 1 small bunch of fresh basil leaves 5 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing + a bit more for drizzling Slow Roasted Tomatoes – (click here for a photo blog of our Slow Roasted Tomatoes.) Cut each roma tomato in half lengthwise. Lay tomatoes out on a parchment lined baking sheet, cut side up. Brush each tomato half with olive...

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Grilled Portabella Mushrooms

Ingredients 2 large portabella mushrooms, stemmed and cleaned, discard stem 2 T fresh chopped herbs (combination of any of the following: thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, chive, dill) 1 T minced fresh garlic 2 thick slices French bread, sliced in half diagonally 4 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing 1 t coarse sea salt or kosher salt ½ t freshly ground black pepper Instructions 1. Prepare the grill. 2. Lightly score the mushrooms diagonally, to create large checker board. 3. Combine 2 T of the Balsamic Dressing with the minced garlic and 1 T herbs. 4. Use a pastry brush to brush...

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Tomato & Balsamic Bruschetta

Tomato & Balsamic Bruschetta

Ingredients 3 c fresh ripe tomatoes, diced 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced ¼ c fresh basil leaves, julienne slice 1/3 c Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing ½ t fresh black pepper 1 baguette, sliced into ½” rounds Instructions 1. Combine all ingredients in a decorative bowl. 2. Lightly toast baguette slices under broiler or on the grill. 3. Place baguette slices on serving platter and allow guests to serves themselves. Serves 6 Printer-Friendly PDF...

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Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese & Balsamic

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese & Balsamic

Ingredients 1 large bunch fresh spinach, washed well ½ c Chèvre, crumbled ¼ c Slivered almonds, toasted ½ pint fresh strawberries, sliced Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing Fresh black pepper Instructions 1. Toss spinach generously with Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing. 2. Top with remaining ingredients, season with freshly ground black pepper. Serves 2 Printer-Friendly PDF: Spinach & Strawberry...

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Spring Mix with Bleu Cheese & Sundried Tomatoes

Spring Mix with Bleu Cheese & Sundried Tomatoes

  Ingredients 6 oz spring greens ¼ c sundried tomatoes packaged in olive oil, julienne slice ¼ c toasted hazelnuts* 1/3 c bleu cheese, crumbled Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing Instructions 1. Toss greens with Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing. 2. Top with remaining ingredients and fresh black pepper. Serves 2 From our test kitchen: *To toast hazelnuts, place nuts on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, tossing occasionally, until skins blister. Remove from oven and place in a clean kitchen towel. Rub the nuts inside the towel together...

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Italian Rotini Pasta & Prosciutto Salad

Ingredients 1/2 lb rotini pasta 1 roasted red pepper, cut into 1″ strips * 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half 4 oz. prosciutto, cut into strips 1/2 c red onion, diced 2 cups mozzarella, cut into small cubes 1/2 c Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing fresh black pepper 1/2 c basil, chiffonade 1/4 c grated parmesan Instructions 1. Cook rotini pasta according to package directions, or until al dente. Let cool slightly. 2. Toss all of the ingredients together, seasoning with fresh black pepper, then top with basil and parmesan cheese. Serves 4 From our test kitchen: The pasta...

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ingredients 2 lbs of mixed heirloom tomatoes & cherry tomatoes ¼ c crumbled bleu cheese Fresh Black pepper Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing Instructions 1. Arrange the sliced, quartered and halved tomatoes on a platter. 2. Drizzle with a generous amount of Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing. 3. Top with crumbled bleu cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with your favorite crusty loaf. Serves 4-6 From our test kitchen: When the tomatoes are in season, there is nothing like a fresh tomato salad! We recommend using a variety of tomatoes in various colors...

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Grilled Vegetables Alfresco

Grilled Vegetables Alfresco

  Ingredients Asparagus Green Beans Green, Yellow, Orange or Red Peppers, cut into quarters Green onions, left whole Onions, peeled and cut into quarters Leek, cut in half lengthwise Fennel bulb, cut into 1-2″ wide pieces Eggplant, cut into 2″ wide pieces Zucchini Small new potatoes, halved and steamed until just barely cooked thru Fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, basil or oregano (use at least two) Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing Fresh Black Pepper Instructions 1. Place prepared vegetables in a large bowl and toss with just enough Dulcet Essential...

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Ingredients 1 lb ripe tomatoes, sliced 1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced * 1 bunch fresh basil, julienne slice fresh black pepper Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing Instructions 1. Arrange the tomatoes slices alternately with the cheese slices on a serving platter. 2. Drizzle with Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing. 3. Top with basil and fresh black pepper. Serve with your favorite crusty loaf of bread. Serves 4 From our test kitchen: Our favorite mozzarella is *Buffala Mozzarella found in specialty grocers. Fresh mozzarella made from cow’s milk works well too....

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Balsamic Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients 1 med onion, sliced 1 1/2 lbs potatoes, large dice 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 t fresh rosemary, chopped 3 T olive oil 2 T Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing sea salt & fresh black pepper Instructions 1. Toss the onion, potatoes, garlic and rosemary with the olive oil. 2. Place in a heavy roasted pan. 3. Roast in 450 degree oven for 15 minutes. 4. Remove from oven and toss with the 2 T Balsamic Dressing 5. Place back in oven and roast an additional 15 minutes or until nicely browned, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. 4. Remove from oven and season with sea...

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Black Eyed Pea Salad

Black Eyed Pea Salad

  Ingredients 2 c canned black eyed peas, drained 1 c fresh or frozen corn, thawed 1 c celery, small dice 1 c red pepper, diced 4 green onions, chopped 1/4 c fresh parsley, chopped Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing Instructions 1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. 2. Toss generously with Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing. Serves a crowd and brings good luck on New Years Day! From our test kitchen: The recipe for this colorful salad was shared with us. It’s best if made ahead of time, so vegetables have some time to marinate. Frozen or dried Black...

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Balsamic Marinated Steaks

Ingredients 2- 8 oz steaks, use your favorite cut ½ Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing 1 T minced fresh garlic 1 T fresh rosemary, chopped sea salt & fresh ground black pepper Instructions 1. Combine the Dulcet Essential Balsamic Sauce & Dressing with the garlic & rosemary. 2. Place the steaks in a non reactive dish or large zip lock bag. 3. Pour the marinade over the steaks. 4. Marinate for 12-24 hours, turning once. 5. Remove the steak from the marinade. 6. Season the steaks generously with salt and freshly ground pepper. 7. Grill steaks to desired doneness. Serves...

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