Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Vacations are always reviving. I would say in my mom’s words “recharging my battery”, after the visit to her mom’s place every summer. So true. Be it an extravagant cruise or camping in one’s own backyard, they allow us to pause and breathe new air, much needed in our monotonous lives.

Remember the roasted garlic that I wrote about a few weeks back. I make ‘em in bulk, throw a couple of cloves in stir-fries and soups. But instead of being a side kick always, this is one recipe where it takes a center stage. The smoky garlic and the sweet, yet complex balsamic vinegar are a flavoursome duo.

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Roasted garlic – 1 head
Balsamic vinegar – ¼ cup
Extra virgin olive oil – ¼ cup
Water – 2 tbsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Salt
Pepper

Method

Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves from the head on to a food processor/mixie. Process until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend till the dressing is smooth. Drizzle over your favourite salad and enjoy.

To make an ordinary salad fancy, I served ‘em on parmesan cups. Not only do they look good, but also add a salty crunch. This is how you make them. Grate parmesan cheese, heat a small cast iron/non stick pan. Lay tart molds or small cups or shot glasses upside down. Place 1 tbsp of cheese in a small pile, about the size of a quarter of the pan. Cook until the cheese bubbles, melts and turns golden brown. Remove cheese and drape over the cup or shot glass or mold. A word of advice, don’t get distracted while doing this. The cheese goes from soft to crisp in a micro second. Let cool. Pile the greens on the cups and serve with vinaigrette.

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
Mixed baby greens served on parmesan cups with roasted garlic vinaigrette.

35 comments:

Nandita said...

I love vinaigrettes and garlic too, so i'm surely going to love this one...roasted garlic is such a complex beautiful flavour - your presentation is lovely

Srivalli said...

wow..great recipe...looks good

sra said...

This photo's a scorcher, Suganya, it is just so appetising! I love garlic. Must try my hand with the parmesan cups sometime!

lakshmi said...

this is one of my favourite salad dressings. :). unfortunately, my other half doesnt prefer garlic much. :(

parmesan cheese is expensive in this part of the world - about rs. 1200-1400 for a kg to be exact. i predominantly use either cheddar or mozarella - depending on need.

ps: where in the world do you blog out of? for someone who's in the US you seem to be posting way too early in the morning!!!

Meeta said...

This is my kind of dressing. A perfect combo!

nicisme said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Asha said...

I love roasted Garlic, usually use with Pasta.Love the photo as usual!:))

Padma said...

Nice photo, and found a great recipe for vinaigrette now! will try this

Nags said...

arghh.. what are u doing to me with these pictures? what? what? what?? arghh!

ok, now that i have recovered from the jealousy spell, let me try and be more human :D lovely pics. never heard of vinaigrette before, so lovely recipe too..

will be back! :D

Happy cook said...

cleaver idea to serve the salade in a parmesan cup and it looks so posh.

Pooja V said...

I m the first one to comment....love u gurl..muah !! love ur fotography n ur foodrocks!!

Rachna said...

ufff what a picture.... yum... that parmesan cup looks amazing too, recipe please?? :) absolute to-drool-for pics....

Shyam said...

I'm going to be seen as someone who gushes, but how am I supposed to help it with such gorgeous pics/recipes? FANTASTIC photo! And what an inspired recipe, esp the parmesan cups. Your family and friends are SO darn lucky, Suganya! :)

swapna susarla said...

Hi suganya
Me first time here.U have a wonderful blog with gorgeous pictures!!!!!and awesome recipes.

Tee said...

Fantastic presentation! Got to try this dressing. :)

Sandeepa said...

What a pic !!! You have surpasses yourself

Laavanya said...

Suganya, that looks like a dish from a fancy restaurant - perfect plating. Loved your idea about the parmesan crisps and there's nothing to beat roasted garlic.

TBC said...

I make this regularly . It is great as a dip & a spread too after throwing in a couple of other things.It tastes so good.

evolvingtastes said...

Nice! Very artistically arranged plate. I don't think I can ever eat like this at home.

Jyothi said...

Completely new recipe but very tempting too. Lovely presentation. Happy Chathurthi and have a great weekend...

musical said...

Thats one hot pciture there :). What a neat idea for vinaigrette! Will prepare this, even the thought of it is making me drool :-D.

mallurecipes said...

hey!! too good pics...
will try this vinaigrette too

Prema Sundar said...

Needless to say abt ur presentations Suganya. My eyes and mouth become wide open whenever i come to ur blog!!!!

Gini said...

Our nearby Italian restaurant has roasted garlic in olive oil and some peppers. tastes divine!

indosungod said...

Beautiful as always, would love to make those parmesan cups.

Neelam said...

This is a nice salad dressing!A Must try. The photos are amazing as always:)

Sharmi said...

sounds nice. pics rock!

Kajal said...

This is simple but not simple dish....very nice and new creative thinking. You are master of photo my dear.:)

The Cooking Ninja said...

Interesting vinaigrette :) I love garlic.

Cynthia said...

Yes (said in the voice of a whisper and continues) of course, roasted garlic and balsamic vinegar would be sublime.

Sig said...

I love such salad dressings, and great idea with the parmesan cups... need I even say anything about the pics anymore? :)

Suganya said...

Thank you to each one of you for your kind words :)

WokandSpoon said...

Mmm, anything with garlic sounds good to me and I love the photos! Very creatively put together!

Namratha said...

I can't believe salad can look this good...yummy! Can I substitute Balsamic vinegar with regular vinegar? Garlic is a fav no doubt:)

Mocha said...

I liked ur blog a lot. Simple & elegant. Kinda newbie so trying to draw inspiration from good blogs like urs

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