March already and in Canada this means sugaring off time. The season for producing maple syrup. Maple syrup is a delicious natural product that has much more potential than just serving on pancakes. This syrup is an under utilized treasure. A treasure that is not even known in France because most French don’t even know this syrup exists. Quel dommage (what a shame!). Luckily we can find the syrup on the grocery shelves, even here in France, and we use it in lots of different foods. Add it to plain yogurt, use it on pancakes and cook meat with it. But probably one of the main reasons I use maple syrup is to make an amazing tasting salad vinaigrette!
What is a French Vinaigrette?
An authentic French vinaigrette uses the 1:3 proportion. One part vinegar to three parts oil. This proportion makes the vinaigrette with a softer, less acidic taste. Although the typical vinaigrette uses vegetable oil, I like to mix the type of oils to get different omega 3 and omega 6 in the diet, as well as changing the tastes. Mixed oil vinaigrette used on a daily green salad is healthy! For more reading see articles on healthy vinaigrette uses fat, and how to mix your oils in your vinaigrette.
We eat a lot of salads chez nous! Adding twists to a vinaigrette makes things more exciting. Check out this subtly sweet vinaigrette recipe made with maple syrup. Hope you enjoy this easy and taste filled healthy vinaigrette.
Maple Syrup Swirled French Vinaigrette
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Meal type||Condiment, Salad|
- 3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
- 1/3 cup Walnut Oil
- 2/3 cups Olive Oil (Can use colza, sunflower or mixed vegetable oil as substitute)
- 1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Grainy Mustard (Can use Dijon mustard)
- pinch Sea Salt
- Ground Pepper (Freshly ground)
Add maple syrup to other ingredients as the recipe calls for. Or for an interesting twist, prepare vinaigrette and swirl small amount on green salad just before serving.