Jun 232011
If you could come back in a second life as a vegetable what would you be?

For some reason this was a question that my dad and I would discuss on a fairly regular basis.

Now that I’m actually writing this I’m wondering if we are of sound mind.

Regardless, at first he said garlic, but later he began to lean towards onion.  Yes definitely onion now.  Garlic is more pungent and onion more mellow.
I’m inclined to agree with the onion decision.  Although, then again possibly a jalapeno?  I don’t use them as much but I love the heat of those little guys; and I do consider myself pretty spicy.  Eggplant?  Eggplant is amazing simply grilled with olive oil and seasoning and it’s perfect in so many Indian dishes that I crave.  But, then again, when it comes down to it the onion is so versatile and…delicious.  It can be slowly cooked over low heat and caramelized to almost a dessert, grilled to add a charred and smoky flavor, eaten raw over fresh salads or turned into dressing. Like this creamy sweet onion balsamic.  It is actually really light but the pureed onion makes it seem creamy.  This was one of the favorites at a recent pot luck I brought it to.

Creamy Sweet Onion Balsamic Dressing

6 2-Tbsp Servings


1 clove garlic, pressed
1/4 diced sweet onion
1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp coarse ground mustard
2 Tbsp honey
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper


1. Blend all ingredients in a small blender or magic bullet.

Nutrition Facts

6 2-Tbsp Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 114.2
Total Fat 9.2 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 108.4 mg
Potassium 24.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Sugars 7.1 g
Protein 0.3 g

  7 Responses to “Creamy Sweet Onion Balsamic Dressing”

  1. I love making my own salad dressings, and this one sounds really fabulous! I will have to give it a try.

    As for what vegetable I'd be, I'll have to think on that one :)

  2. Yes it is a very tough decision. You definitely wouldn't want to choose the wrong vegetable and be mis-represented.

  3. Oh I love balsamic vinegar. When we lived in California there was such an abundance of different one to choose from. I think this recipe is definitely one to try! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love that you have a magic bullet! Mine makes the best dressings and I can't wait to try this one. Perfect picture too. :)

  5. Lovely dressing, I'll have to try this one!

  6. This looks so super tasty. My mother-in-law got me a magic bullet for my bday and I've been using it mostly for fruit-shakes. Will have to try this soon.

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