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How to make tea-infused salad dressing

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If you’re looking to cut more processed foods out of your diet, making your own salad dressing is one of the easiest ways to do so. I haven’t bought salad dressing in years since I learned this simple trick for elevating plain old oil and vinegar.

Make your own salad dressingThe secret is to add an emulsifier to get the oil and acid to blend together and thicken. My go-to is a combination of dijon mustard and pure maple syrup as an emulsifier. So: if you have oil, vinegar (or wine, or citrus juice), mustard and maple syrup (or honey, or agave syrup) in your cupboard, whisk it up and you have yourself a tasty little homemade salad dressing! What you add after that is the fun part. Herbs, spices, fresh fruit, ginger…

When I infused vodka with green tea using the cold brew method, I was genuinely surprised at how well the green tea flavour shone through. So I thought: why not try infusing vinegar to mix up my go-to salad dressing recipes? The result was delicious.

Here’s how to make tea-infused salad dressing:

Tea Infused Salad DressingLemon Green Tea Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
– 1/2 lemon
– 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
– 1 clove garlic
– 2 tbsp maple syrup
– 1 tbsp dijon mustard
– 2/3 cup olive oil
– 2 tbsp Seven Sisters Green Tea of your choice

Instructions:
1. Warm up the apple cider vinegar in a saucepan on the stove, until it is just boiling.
2. Immediately remove from heat and stir in your green tea and pressed garlic clove. Let it “steep” until it cools down.
3. Strain out the tea and garlic with a fine-mesh sieve.
4. Whisk in the maple syrup, juice and zest of the half lemon and the dijon mustard, then drizzle in the olive oil slowly (keep whisking!).
5. Delight your tastebuds and impress all your friends with this super-fresh tasting citrus vinaigrette.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOolong Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
– 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
– 1 clove garlic
– 2 tbsp maple syrup
– 1 tbsp dijon mustard
– 2/3 cup olive oil
– 2 tbsp Seven Sisters Oolong Tea of your choice

Instructions:
1. Warm up balsamic vinegar in a saucepan on the stove.
2. Remove from heat and stir in your oolong tea and pressed garlic clove. Let it “steep” until it cools down.
3. Strain out the tea and garlic with a fine-mesh sieve.
4. Whisk in the maple syrup and dijon mustard, then drizzle in the olive oil slowly (keep whisking!).
5. Drizzle on salad and enjoy—you won’t believe how well the tea flavour compliments the balsamic vinegar!

Both dressings were a hit with my dinner party guests! I hope I’ve inspired you to ditch the store-bought stuff and whisk up your own homemade salad dressing. Next I think I’ll try using a berry tea to make a berry vinaigrette!

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