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Honey Vinaigrette Recipe

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Honey Vinaigrette with Blue Cheese

© Image 2014 Jennifer Meier
You don't have to drizzle this honey vinaigrette over a salad with crumbles of blue cheese, but the combination is pretty fantastic. The sweetness of the honey is a delicious contrast to salty blue cheese. This dressing is also great with goat cheese, sheep's milk cheese (like Manchego)and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

However, you don't necessarily need cheese in the salad to enjoy this honey vinaigrette. The sweet and just slightly tangy flavor is perfect when you're not in the mood for vinaigrette with a sharp, acidic bite.

This recipe for honey vinaigrette makes enough dressing for one large salad (about 8 to 10 ounces of greens).

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1/3 cup of dressing

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Preparation:

In a small bowl whisk together apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons honey and salt.

Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking vigorously until the dressing thickens slightly and the olive oil is completely blended in.

Taste the salad dressing - if it's not sweet enough for you, whisk in one more teaspoon of honey. The best way to taste salad dressing is by dipping a leaf of salad into the dressing. Dressing isn't meant to be eaten alone, so sipping some directly out of spoon doesn't always an accurate way to decide if it tastes good or not.

© recipe 2012 Jennifer Meier licensed to About.com, Inc.

Creative Blue Cheese Salads

To make a regular salad with blue cheese crumbles more interesting, add nuts (either plain or caramelized), dried fruit, figs, or purple grapes. You can also try one of these creative blue cheese salad recipes:

Pairing Honey and Cheese

Whether drizzled over a cheese plate, a single wedge of blue cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich, the sweetness of honey can pair really well with cheese. Try one of these delicious pairing ideas but remember to go easy on the honey. The sweet flavor shouldn't overwhelm the cheese.

  • Drizzle honey over ricotta and serve with fresh fruit
  • Make a grilled cheese sandwich out of savory walnut bread , blue cheese and honey
  • Spread blue and honey on slices of baguette for an appetizer
  • Drizzle honey over a log of goat cheese. Serve with dried fruit, nuts and/or cured meat
  • For dessert, serve Parmigiano-Reggiano drizzled with honey and garnished with nuts
  • For a decadent dessert, drizzle honey over a triple creme cheese like Mt. Tam or Saint Andre
  • Drizzle honey over apple slices and serve with sharp cheddar

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