We love fresh peaches and this peach vinaigrette recipe is just one of the many reasons why.
If you’ve never made your own vinaigrette, give this peach vinaigrette recipe a try. It’s quite easy and more flavorful than anything you’ll find bottled at your local grocery store, minus the additives.
Keep one thing in mind, vinaigrettes should be considered more than just a salad dressing. While they are a tasty and healthy choice for any fresh garden salad, we also use it for the following reasons:
Vinaigrette makes an awesome basting sauce. The oil keeps meat moist while grilling, pan-searing or roasting. The flavor ingredients in the vinaigrette contributes the the overall flavor profile.
Use a vinaigrette to add flavor to any meat. Skip the sugary barbeque sauces and use a healthier alternative. Homemade vinaigrettes allows you complete control of the flavor profile. Get your creative juices flowing and watch simple dishes turn into masterpieces.
Packed with flavor, vinaigrettes are perfect for adding additional flavor to just about any dish. Add it to steamed veggies, mix some in with rice or noodles or add some to soups and stews.
The basic ingredients in any vinaigrette are perfect for marinating meat. The acidity in the vinegar acts as a mild meat tenderizer while the oil helps keep meat moist. The additional flavoring ingredients also contribute to the overall flavor of the meat. Don’t forget to marinate your veggies too!
We think you’ll love this peach vinaigrette, but encourage you to expand your cooking arsenal by experimenting with all the flavors that vinaigrette offers.
To put this vinaigrette to work, give this recipe a try: Grilled Chicken and Peach Salad
GO GET THIS STUFF
- 2 ripe peaches pitted and cubed (See Note 1)
- 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar See Note 2
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon honey See Note 3
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
THEN DO THIS
Add all ingredients except the olive oil to a blender and blend on high for about a minute.
Slowly add the oil while pulsing blender until oil is evenly incorporated.
Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
1. We didn't peel the peaches. The peel blends up quite well and adds texture as well as additional nutrients. Peel if a thinner vinaigrette is desired or just add a little water.
2. We like full-blown flavor around here, so we used dark balsamic vinegar. Try white balsamic vinegar if you prefer to tone down the vinegar flavor.
3. The sweetness of this vinaigrette will be affected by the ripeness of the peaches. More ripe equals more sweet. Taste test prior to use and add more honey if desired.