California Central Coast Recipes

Raspberry-Walnut Vinaigrette

Our Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette is a refreshing and eye appealing dressing. For example, served cold on Grilled Romaine with Raspberry- Walnut Vinaigrette quarters with additional raspberries and walnuts it can be a refreshing summer appetizer or salad.

Made with pureed raspberries, raspberry vinegar, white wine, walnut oil and minced basil it's a dressing that you'll look for novel new ways to serve it. Your guests will rave!! ©2017, Raspberry-Walnut Vinaigrette
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:
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1/4 Cup Raspberry Vinegar
1 Tablespoons White wine
1/3 Cup Walnut oil
1/8 teaspoons Salt
4 t. Roasted Walnuts , ground
3 to 4 Tablespoons Fresh Red Raspberries , washed and lightly pureed
Several grinds freshly cracked Black Pepper
1 t. Fresh Basil , minced
Additional whole raspberries for garnish , washed
Additional toasted walnuts for garnish

Preparation Directions.

1 Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. When hot, toast enough walnuts for 10-15 minutes for dressing, and extra for garnish - if using. Chop the dressing's walnuts until ground. If using additional walnuts for garnish, coarsely chop those. Set aside for later.

2 Lightly puree about a half cup of raspberries. This will yield about a quarter of a cup pureed for the dressing. Set aside for later.

3 In a glass measuring cup large enough to hold the dressing, add the raspberry vinegar, white wine, walnut oil, salt, black pepper and fresh basil. With a small whip or fork, whip the ingredients together to emulsify and distribute evenly all the ingredients throughout the dressing.

4 Add the pureed raspberries and whip well.

5 Add the ground walnuts and whip well.

6 Taste and correct ingredients to personal taste. If you want a more raspberry-taste, add more raspberry puree. If you want more walnut-taste, add more ground walnuts.

7 Just before serving the salad with the dressing, do one more last-minute whip to the dressing to emulsify and suspend all of the dressing's ingredients and dribble over the food.

8 If using, add raspberry and walnut garnishes.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Serve this luscious dressing on grilled romaine lettuce, fruit, Spring Mix, pork or any other favorite food fancy.

A tip from Sue!

Use A Pasta Pot for Pasta

If you like pasta and are planning on having it often, I recommend getting a pasta pot.

After trying different sets, the best one Iíve found was the original, least expensive one. Itís a stainless steel pot with separate built-in pasta basket. It also comes with a vegetable steamer. Something like it is available on the Internet for about $40.00. and at several local supermarkets as low as $30.00.

You donít need to have a real heavy pan---otherwise youíre going to waste all your time heating the pan instead of getting it to boil quickly. Don't worry about hot spots since all youíre going to be doing with it is boiling water.