A spring or summer salad should be topped with a fresh salad dressing, one that isn't too heavy and doesn't take away from the true flavor of the ingredients in the dish. Virginia Brand Vidalia Onion Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is the perfect light, fruity and zesty topping for your salads, vegetables or fruit. The fruity nature of the dressing is both cool and refreshing - perfect for a light dish.
What to serve with your salad
Wine: Wine often pairs well with salad, but it's crucial to have the right wine to bring out the flavor of the meal. A dry or semi-dry riesling will bring out the best in this dish. They are crisp and fruity, which meshes with the texture of the greens and the sweet taste of the vinaigrette dressing. A dry rose is another option, as it is also similar in taste.
Beer: Wheat beers are perfect for this dish because they aren't too strong and won't overpower the delicate greens and refreshing taste of the dressing. Kawartha Lakes Brewery Raspberry Wheat Beer complements a summer salad with raspberry dressing perfectly and complements the natural flavor.
Ways to use your raspberry vinaigrette dressing
While using your vinaigrette to drizzle atop a salad is the most traditional way of using it, there are plenty of other delicious ways your dressing can be put to use:
As a glaze: This sweet and light dressing can be used as a glaze or drizzled onto your favorite meats, vegetables and fruit. For grilled chicken, combine the dressing with some balsamic and brush it on for a splash of flavor. If you're a vegetable lover, oven-roasted asparagus can be topped with the dressing for a fruity flavor.
As a marinade: This dressing is a popular marinade for grilled chicken. Take 1 cup raspberry vinaigrette, ½ cup chicken stock, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon rind, grated, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 finely chopped shallots, ½ teaspoon of dried tarragon leaves and black pepper. Combine ingredients and pour evenly over your chicken breasts. Marinate in the fridge overnight, turning occasionally. After it's done, you can bake or grill, being sure to baste with marinade every five minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
As a dip: Don't count out grilled fruit as a way to utilize this dressing. The fruitiness of the dressing is perfect for a sweet after-dinner treat. Stick toothpicks into your favorite fruits, like raspberries, strawberries and pineapple, and dip them into the sauce.