Honey Sesame Vinaigrette

Summertime is too hot to turn on the oven to bake (though I’m tempted to bake a few new recipes I’ve been given). So instead, I’ve been experimenting with mixing homemade salad dressings. I decided to try changing one of my favourite marinades into a vinaigrette and am quite happy with the result.

Here are my semi-measured ingredients for 1 small head of romaine’s worth of dressing.

1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame paste
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl, add in lettuce and any add-ons you like, toss & enjoy. If made ahead of time, the sesame paste and oil will separate and just needs a shake or whisk.

Mine was made with mandarin oranges, dried cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds. Next time I’m going to try other add-ons like chicken, shrimp, salmon, snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, edamame beans or berries….mmmmm…..

I love vinegar so if you find this too sour or even too sweet, either whisk in a bit of water or go easy on some of the ingredients. Maybe experiment with adding in some ground pepper, chilli flakes, herbs or a splash of sake.

Happy mixing!