Summer Salad Nicoise!
The Summer is well underway and we hope you are making memories! A Salad Nicoise is a cool meal solution that is substantial, can be prepped in advance, and is great served for the family or for guests! We created a bright Cultivated Tree Lemon Vinaigrette specifically to complement this salad – but try it on steamed veggies too! This is a classic french salad typically made from quality ingredients from the current seasons’ bounty. And of course the french way is to savor every morsel with family and friends! I love this relaxing simplicity myself and hope it contributes to your Summer memories. Serve with a nice fruit and cheese plate, a crusty baguette and a cold bottle of Rose or Sauvignon Blanc wine!
A little about our vinaigrette ingredients: our A-Premium White Balsamic – new to the store – is made from white Trebbiano Grape must. It undergoes the cooking and barrel aging process in Modena Italy, however it is not caramelized. The result is a crisp, tart vinegar with just a hint of residual grape flavor. The acidity is 6% which is higher than most of our aged balsamic’s. You might consider it similar in taste to a high quality champagne vinegar. Our Eureka Lemon Fused Olive Oil is used here but not in a typical 50:50 ratio as when paired with many of our other aged balsamic options. Be specific with the addition of the fresh lemon juice – less is more in this vinaigrette recipe. The resulting vinaigrette is extremely versatile and a perfect balance for the Cultivated Tree Summer Salad Nicoise!