This is a quick, lite cucumber salad. The balsamic vinegar adds a zing! I made this recipe because I was looking for quick healthy snack and because mom keeps telling me to eat my veggies! :) Many cucumber salads call for very thin slices which adds to prep time. Here you just dice them quickly!
This is one of those "Pretend You Know What You're Doing and You'll Pull it off" recipes. Very nice in summer when peaches AND basil are at their prime. I made this up as I went along, and DBF not only requested a second bowl, he bragged to his friends. Try it. I don't like balsamic OR dessert, and I'd make this again.
A small spin on a classic Italian dessert. This excellent summer dessert takes no time at all to prepare and is always a cool and refreshing pleaser. Be sure to use a good balsamic vinegar - remember your recipes are only as good as your ingredients!
Bear with me on these, this is one of those recipes that I just throw together and don't really know the exact amount of ingredients I use. So I took a gander here, the best I can tell you is keep tasting and add more of this or that until you get the taste you like. Once you do I promise these will be a BIG hit, they are DELICIOUS! I have made them both cold and warm--I prefer them cold. Enjoy.
Got this recipe from a "Desserts of Italy" class. This dessert couldn't be easier. The class thought it sounded wierd, pears and balsamic vinegar. However, it was great and made a wonderful dessert since it wasn't too sweet.
Light and flavorful, this vinaigrette in another favorite of ours. We visited the CIA in Greystone a few years back and they used it to dress greens and served them in a parmesan bowl like the one in recipe #100637. What a wonderful combination!
(These three salsas come from "The Great Salsa Book" by Mark Miller, Mark Kiffin & John Harrisson; this is a great collection of salsas . Since I love garlic, I love to fix up a batch of the Salsa Romana to enjoy with tortilla chips instead of boring old Mexican-style salsa.)
Balsamic Berry Salsa
This is based on a recipe from Second Helpings from Union Square Cookbook. Much to the dismay of family and friends, I could never learn to appreciate asparagus. It always reminded me somehow of eating grass. But I tried this recipe and finally found a way to love asparagus. This is incredibly simple, but the combination is superb. Spending the extra to get true fleur de sel is really worth it for this dish.
This recipe is intended to be used in my "Spinach Salad with Shrimp" recipe, which is also in the data base. However, it could be tossed with a variety of things such as boiled potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, or any spinach salad.