Pear and Vanilla Vinaigrette

This salad dressing is easy to whip up and tastes delicious over a simple salad tossed with walnuts and pears. If you leave out the olive oil, this could be a nice marinade for fish, too! This recipe makes about 2 cups of dressing. Store leftovers in an airtight container and use again!


1  fresh pear, sliced                                           $0.60

1/3  cup red wine vinegar                              $0.80

1  tablespoon honey                                         $0.30

3/4  teaspoon salt                                              $free-ish

1/4  teaspoon pepper                                       $free-ish

1/4  teaspoon vanilla extract                        $0.02

1 Dash of ground red pepper flakes             $free-ish

1/4 cup good olive oil                                       $1.00

                                                          Total cost = $2.72

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processer/blender. Process until it reaches the desired consistency (you can leave the pears somewhat bigger, so it is a thicker dressing, or you can process until it is creamy and smooth).






Adapted from Cooking Light, December 2005

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