Sun Dried Tomato Basil Vinaigrette
I have been busy at work on e-cookbook lately, and this vinaigrette is one (of many!) recipes I have tested out. It is a perfectly creamy, zesty sauce that I have used on taco salads all week. It’s also great on greens, brown rice, and black beans, and adds a touch of awesome to a tofu scramble. To be real, I love sauces of all sort on absolutely everything. I could truly eat this on whatevs.
I have been thinking a lot about oils lately. Is oil healthy? (maybe, sometimes, in moderation). Is it a whole food? (definitely not). Every single time I eat out I am slightly grossed out by how oily everything tastes. RESTAURANTS, PEOPLE. They are crazy with their oils (and salts, and sugars.) I don’t use oil very often in my own cooking, and when I do use it, like in this recipe, it is done sparingly.
The oil I chose for this dressing is an Antioxidant Omega Blend by Vega. A plain extra virgin olive oil will taste fine, but this has a blend of nine oils including organic hemp, flax, pumpkin seed and coconut, plus a combination of antioxidant seed oils from green tea, black cumin, and blueberry seed. It has a balanced two-to-one ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3, plus 3 g of Omega-9, which is considered optimal for anti-inflammatory purposes. Since I am all about sneaking health properties into everything that I eat, this seems like a good choice.
(Also, you may have noticed I have been all about Vega lately. No, I am not paid to review them! I use them in my recipes because I like the products. Vega noticed that I used their stuff in other recipes on my blog, and offered to send me samples for more recipe creation. I requested this oil with this recipe in mind.)
Hope you enjoy!
|Sun Dried Tomato Basil Vinaigrette|| |
- 4 sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil)
- 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
- ½ garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup vega antioxidant oil
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil leaves
- 1 whole raw red pepper
- ⅓ cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Adjust salt, pepper, and water to taste.