Back to the Basics: Vinaigrettes

Pomegranate Rosemary VinaigretteI am not ready for Valentine’s Day yet but when looking at the calendar, I find it seems to be right around the corner. Time to get a nice romantic meal planned out for my wonderful Hubby. Fortunately, he will be home that weekend. He has been working out-of-town for weeks now, making it hard to make plans and to cook for one.

Pomegranate Rosemary VinaigretteToday’s recipe is a nice sexy pink vinaigrette, perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime. My friend Mary, gave me the trio of nut oils from Trader Joe’s and I used the walnut oil to make it. Light, fun and beautiful! What more can you ask for in a sexy pink Pomegranate Rosemary Vinaigrette? Only some beautiful ingredients to serve it over.

Pomegranate Rosemary VinaigretteI served it over greens, toasted walnuts, red pears, cheese and pomegranate seeds. Pour on the vinaigrette, which is sweet, slightly sour and filled with hints of fresh rosemary. My mouth is watering just thinking back on the flavor explosion.

Pomegranate Rosemary VinaigretteI created this vinaigrette working on my Back to the Basics series. Vinaigrette are part of the basics and a basic no one should live without. Easy to make and lacking in all the extra additives from store-brought versions. Homemade versions have more flavor and attitude because you make them fresh. Just remember to make them in small batches because most are only good for about a week in the fridge.

Pomegranate Rosemary VinaigretteThe easiest way to make vinaigrette is to use the blender.  Yes, you can use a whisk but the blender takes all the work out of the process. For the busy cook, this is a blessing and makes you more inclined to make your own, not reaching for the bottle on the store shelf. This sexy pink version is just that, fast and easy.

Pomegranate Rosemary VinaigretteAnother advantage to making vinaigrette at home is the ability to make your favorite flavors, you are only limited by your imagination. Vinaigrette is basically one part acid, such as vinegar or citrus juice, and two parts oil. Adjust for your own taste and add the ingredients of your choice. You can also use vinaigrette for more than just salads. Use them to flavor your favorite dishes or for a marinade.

Pomegranate Rosemary VinaigretteAlways add the flavor ingredients and the acid one into the blender first. Pulse to blend and then slowly start adding the oil to emulsify the mixture. Finally, taste and adjust for your perfect flavor at the end. Do not be afraid to experiment. And if you need inspiration, feel free to try this Pomegranate Rosemary Vinaigrette.

Pomegranate Rosemary Vinaigrette

  • Difficulty: easy
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1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. Fresh rosemary, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

3 Tbsp. Pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup walnut oil or light oil of your choice

Salt and pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients in a blender, except the oil.

Pulse until pomegranate seeds are completely pulverized.

Turn blender on and slowly drizzle oil in until the mix is emulsified.

Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.

Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow flavor melding. Can be stored in the fridge for about a week.

More wonderful vinaigrette ideas:

Zesty Vinaigrette from Simply Sophisticated Cooking


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds amazing. An interesting combo of flavours I would never have considered. I bet it’s delicious.

  2. Delicious and pleasing to the eye!

  3. The eLFonian says:

    The dish looks delicious! Hungry now, all the way to the kitchen. 🙂

    1. Oh this is an absolute best tasting Pomegranate/Rosemary vinaigrette.
      Tart and sweet, with the garlic coming through underneath, and the smell of rosemary ..thank you.

      My husband who would simply never consider eating a pomegranate loved it and even when I told him the truth of the ingredients he just laughed, sure that I was joking.

      1. I’m glad you loved it and hubby just doesn’t know what hit him! Thanks for letting me know how you like it.

      2. The eLFonian says:

        I’m even more hungry now having read your reply. Stop it! 🙂

      3. Hehe, I’m doing my job then 🙂

  4. hirundine608 says:

    One thing I use walnut oil for, is rubbed into my hair about an hour before washing. A person comes out of the shower with a soft silky appearance. Even and especially, guys will like it. Used all over the body gives a nice tan and soft skin. Just do not lie in sun, to prevent burning.

    Oh and the vinaigrette? Great! I like all sorts of vinegar. Try sugar cane, or coconut vinegar. Even dark malt. Vinegar is an under-utilized commodity these days.

    You would not think so? It varies the vinaigrette, as much as the oil used.

  5. How pretty and I love the flavors.

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