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Vanilla Adds Flavor to Diets Without Calories and Fat
Spa Salad with Almond Vinaigrette
Compliments of: Victoria Shanta Retelny, R.D., L.D.N.
Makes 3/4 cup
10 ounces baby spinach leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced almonds
~ Almond vinaigrette (below)
~ Additional strawberries and almonds for garnish
Toss the spinach, onion, strawberries and almonds gently in a large bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to combine. Garnish with additional strawberries and almonds.
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup natural rice vinegar
Whisk the Dijon mustard, syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the canola oil in a fine stream, whisking constantly until incorporated. This will emulsify your salad dressing and it will not separate. Add the vinegar slowly, whisking constantly.
Note: Emulsified liquids are generally unmixable and whisking them together gradually will force them to combine.
Vanilla is most commonly known as a flavoring in pastries, confections, and other desserts, but most people don’t realize that it can also act as a flavor enhancer, or potentiator. It increases our ability to taste other flavors by intensifying those flavors. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, one of the finest pure vanilla and flavor extract producers in the world, offers a full line of vanilla products from Pure Vanilla Beans to Pure Vanilla Powder that can add flavor to dishes without the calories and fat.