Homemade salad dressings just can’t be beat! There are many good store-bought choices, but the freshness of a homemade sauce just can’t be replicated in a bottled dressing. Vinaigrettes are particularly easy to make, and I usually have the ingredients on hand to whip up some flavorful combinations. For a good vinaigrette, you will need a vinegar and an oil. I prefer olive oil, but you can use canola as well. From that base, you can add spices, herbs, or whatever creative flavor you like.
I love a vinaigrette with a little sweetness and a little heat. I thought pepper jelly would be a new twist on adding both of those flavors to a dressing. Plus, I’d bought a jar the last time we were at Trader Joe’s and wanted an opportunity to use it.
This pepper jelly vinaigrette fits the bill for me!
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons pepper jelly
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Whisk the ingredients together until fully blended. Serve on your favorite greens. This would also be a delicious sauce for grilled chicken. We can’t get enough of it!