Summer Blog Project: Jenn Cuisine’s Strawberry Balsamic Salad Dressing and Gluten Free Goddess’s Strawberry Hemp Milk Smoothie
Posted on | July 8, 2010 | 5 Comments
That’s right! It’s a double feature! I figured since we had the materials for both of these, why not do them together and have a strawberry flavored post? Strawberries have always been one of my favorite fruits. They’re definitely my favorite of all berries. I always eat too many and get what my friend, Kat, calls the “strawberry tummy ache.” When I was a kid, every candy I ate had to be strawberry flavored. Strawberry Bubble Yum was my gum of choice. Strawberry Fruit by the Foot was my favorite snack. As fake as those flavors were, they stemmed from my immense love for strawberries.
I don’t remember how I came across Jenn Cuisine and her wonderful blog. However, I do remember that she instantly became one of my favorites. Jenn isn’t gluten free but her husband is, so while her blog isn’t entirely dedicated to gluten free cooking, the majority of it is and the rest of it can be pretty easily switched around to be gluten free. Most of the time, she’ll even suggest ways to do so. Like me, Jenn has a bit of an obsession with strawberries, which means when strawberry season rolls around, Jenn is first to put up some really awesome strawberry recipes. But even when she’s not writing about strawberries, she’s an amazing blogger. As much as I’ve loved food my entire life, I feel as though there are so many different flavors that I haven’t tasted yet. Jenn’s words and amazing photographs make me want to try everything she writes about.
I have to admit; I’m usually pretty boring when it comes to making salads. When I’m at school and making my salad in Daly’s I stuck to the standard Caesar dressing with feta cheese. It’s delicious, but it gets boring after a while. The same goes for when I’m home. I usually stick to my childhood favorite, for I will always have a soft spot for Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. Needless to say, I had to try something new. That was when I came upon Jenn’s post, Salad Dressing of Strawberry Balsamic Reduction. Since I have such a love for strawberries, I wanted to try this so badly. I actually meant to a long time ago and never got to it. So when I was choosing the recipes I wanted to use for my summer project, I thought of this one almost immediately. I’ll say right now, I’m glad I did.
Jenn’s recipe for the dressing is really easy, but I made a few changes to it. While she heats part of her concoction in a pot, I just threw everything in the Cuisinart food processor and let it do all the work. But I plan on going back and doing it Jenn’s way, just to see if there’s a difference. There probably is, but I’m pretty happy with the way mine came out. Actually, I’m elated. If you go to Jenn’s post, you’ll also see that her recipe makes two cups. Knowing that I was going to be the only person to consume the dressing, I made one cup.
The recipe (2 cups) calls for:
1 pint strawberries
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. honey (variable to desired sweetness)
equal volume of extra virgin olive oil
1 cup ice cold Vanilla Hemp Dream
1 cup chilled ripe organic strawberries, sliced
1 teaspoon raw agave nectar, or honey, to taste