There is a fantastic little store not far from my house that sells balsamic vinegar from a drum with a spigot. When I saw the drum, I thought that couldn’t possibly be where this delectable balsamic comes from, but it was. Just one of those funny things.
Anyway, this balsamic vinegar is unlike any other I’ve had. It’s sweet, with highlights of tanginess, but without the tongue curling burn of most vinegars. It’s so good, I could drink it. Maybe. The store is called Villarina’s and it’s part of a small franchise chain in the New York metro area (all the stores are independently owned).
This orgasmic balsamic vinegar was the driving force that convinced me to give balsamic vinegar another try. For years, I avoided it and turned my nose up at the mere mention of it. But this changed it all . . .
I’ve mentioned before that I prefer a mix of oil and vinegar and homemade dressings to bottled dressings. I like the control you can have over ingredients, flavors, layers. It works for me. And while my basil vinaigrette is my fav new dressing of this summer, this honey balsamic that I made recently is really good too.
Especially if you use good vinegar.
Note: recipe adapted from Southern Living
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.