Thursday, July 4, 2013

Lavender Ramp Vinaigrette

Lavender Ramp Vinaigrette
by Mary

When I picked the Sciabica's Lavender Extra Virgin Olive Oil, my original thought was to make an olive oil cake.  I think the delicate lavender flavor would translate well in a cake.  Once I got into the kitchen though, I discovered I was sorely lacking in sugar.  Since it was Mother’s Day and I had guests coming in only a few hours, I had to re-think the use of the lavender oil.  No time for a trip to the store.  I had a back up dessert, that’s a recipe for another challenge.  I needed another use that would showcase the floral-y oil.  

My sister was bringing salad for dinner...a lavender vinaigrette would be a wonderful dressing!  I love homemade dressings.  They take so little time to throw together, yet add such an incredible amount of flavor to a salad.  I also had some ramps that I was lucky enough to find while camping, so I decided to add chopped ramp leaves to balance the sweetness of the oil.

This recipe was also for a small amount....perfect for just a couple of salads, but easily increased. 
1 Tablespoon chopped ramp leaves
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (any other fruity vinegar would be suitable)
1 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients & dress salad greens.

Garnish with lavender petals.
Also very nice on fruit salad.

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