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Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe

Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe

Sweet maple syrup and zesty balsamic vinegar lend bright flavors to crisp summer salads, tender grilled pork chops or luscious red strawberries. —Kim Sumrall, Aptos, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • FOR PORK CHOPS:
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each)
  • FOR SALAD:
  • 8 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • FOR STRAWBERRIES:
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled

Directions

  • 1. In a blender, combine vinegar and syrup. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Yield: 1 cup.
  • 2. For pork chops: Pour 2/3 cup dressing into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing.
  • 3. Drain and discard marinade. Grill pork chops, covered, over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear, brushing with 3 tablespoons reserved dressing during the last 5 minutes. Drizzle remaining dressing over chops before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
  • 4. For salad: In a large bowl, toss greens with dressing. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
  • 5. For strawberries: In a large bowl, toss berries with dressing. Chill until serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons dressing equals 303 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 56 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.