Island Olive Oil's Baby Kale Salad with Pomegranate & Gorgonzola

This recipe is a delicious vegetarian entrée salad with strong, savory notes of gorgonzola cheese balanced by the sweet, tart notes of our pomegranate balsamic vinegar.  This sweet gorgonzola vinaigrette stands up to astringent greens like kale and watercress creating a hearty salad.  Adding meaty walnuts, sweet pomegranate arils, and piquant gorgonzola all help to round out and reinforce the flavors in the dish.  Serve with sliced chicken breast to make it a healthy dinner.

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Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Makes 4 cups
 
Ingredients
1 large onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 small red or serrano chili pepper, seeded and diced

2 tbsp robust extra virgin olive oil (we recommend our Peranzana EVOO)

2 cups ketchup

2 cups tomato sauce

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup dark balsamic vinegar*

½ molasses

1 Tbsp liquid smoke (optional)

3 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp  celery seed

1tsp ground cinnamon

Sea salt and ground pepper

 
Directions

In a large saucepan, sauté the onion, garlic, and chili in olive oil until the onion is translucent and soft, 3-5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.

Bring the sauce to a boil then turn down the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until thick, about 30 minutes. The longer this sauce simmers and reduces, the more intense the flavor. Feel free to use this immediately, but the flavors really meld if you let it sit overnight.

Keep in airtight jars in the fridge for up to 4 months.

 

*Use Gala Apple dark balsamic for the perfect BBQ for pork, Chocolate dark balsamic will create more of a rich flavor, or Maple dark balsamic for a sweeter option.

 

Recipe courtesy of Emily Lycopolus of The Olive Oil and Vinegar Cookbook

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Tropical Refresher

This creamy and cooling drink concoction features our pineapple and coconut balsamic. It's light and creamy similarly to a pina colada without the added sugar. Try at your next summer gathering!

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Berry Refresher

Our Berry Refresher is a tasty berry blend using our blueberry and raspberry balsamic. Delicious as an early morning beverage, or a tasty mid-day treat. 

 

 

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