Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pumpkin Vinaigrette ~ A New Fall Classic #Recipe

Spinach, Apples, and Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving is a memory and sadly for most people anything pumpkin will not be considered again until sometime next October. Pish! Pumpkin isn't just for Pie, as I proved in my class "Perfectly Pumpkin" - it's for the entire season.

This recipe, created by VeggieGirl Dianne Wenz, uses Pumpkin Puree to create a vinaigrette that is similar in consistency to that wonderful Gingered-Miso dressing we all love at the Japanese Restaurants.

Here's one of the great things about Pumpkin Puree : that wonderful orange stuff from the can is freezable, so if you are only planning to use a bit of it to make this recipe, portion out the rest in freezer bags and reserve for later use.

Pumpkin Vinaigrette:

◦1/2 cup pumpkin puree
 ◦1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
 ◦1/2 cup olive oil
 ◦3 or 4 fresh sage leaves, minced
 ◦1 garlic clove, minced
 ◦1/2 teaspoon sea salt
 ◦1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender, or use an immersion blender, or whisk like crazy, and viola! A vinagrette that will impress all winter long. It's great on spinach with apples, mushrooms, and of course toasted pumpkin seeds.
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