This is a super easy and quick vinaigrette that I make so often and thought it about time to share it here. Although, it's not much of a recipe it's is a staple here in this house for salads, vegetable dishes and even marinades for chicken and seafood. It only takes 5 minutes and you just can't beat that!
I can finally say it feels a bit like spring. I actually walked in a short sleeved top on the beach today. Let me tell you, it felt liberating! Man, we have had our share of a cold and wet weather. When I say wet, I mean biblical rain. Like when you really do find yourself waiting for the sea to part. I know, I talk about the rain over and over, but if you were here you would understand exactly what I mean.
We all know the saying, April showers bring May flowers, right? Well, what does February and March torrential rain bring? For me, it is bringing new garden beginnings. Finally now that the rain has passed I can get on with my vegetable garden. I have been itching to start it for weeks but it was a no go zone as everything outside as just, yuck.
Finally, yesterday I got down and dirty and started clearing a small patch in the back corner of the garden. A space that I can nurture, love and watch grown. I know that sounds corny, I can hear it as I play it back in my ears. But hey, that's how I feel about it. You see last year we moved at the end of March and I completely missed my window for any vegetable planting. The move pretty much took away every single ounce of energy I had. Note to everyone out there reading this, if you ever move, pay the people with the trucks that come and take the stuff for you. Don't, and I repeat, don't do it yourselves. I am pretty sure you know what we did. Yea, you know. Sometimes, I feel that we like torturing ourselves. A little bit like self harm. You think I am joking. Only half joking. But seriously, call the people!
Back to my vegetable garden. My space of love, or something like that. I really do love growing stuff. I was bitten by the bug about 10 years ago when we planted an accidental garden. How can you plant an accidental garden you ask? Well, it's the kind of garden lazy people like me end up with. I know I have mentioned this on the blog before can't really remember when. So, for those of you who follow along and ready my meanderings and musings, you probably know what's coming.
Well, long story short, we started on the vegetable garden that spring. Got everything cleaned up, tidy, dug in the compost and it was all ready to go. The compost we used, was from our own compost. Our very own home grown compost. I was feeling pretty chuffed about that I must say. Anyway, it was all ready to go. All I had to get was get out there and start planting stuff. Of course a week went by with not a seed in sight. Then we were working our way well into the second week with tumble weeks taking over. Finally, I got out of my lazy ways and headed out there to start at it. I was ready.
Of course because I had waited so long, weeds had started to gown. Great, more work. As I took a closer look, what I thought were weeks were actually plants. Could this be? The work is already done for me? Looks like the home grown compost did all the work for me. One pot luck garden coming up.
As fun as it was having more than 80, yes 80 tomato plants, I would have preferred more of a mixed variety shall we say. Oh, there were some pretty tasteless pumpkins and a few potatoes. The biggest success was the tomatoes, those we had in abundance right through till Thanksgiving. Let me tell you after that crop, I was ready to never look at a tomato again. Until of course, I was.
This year I am planning neat and tidy rows with a limited number of tomato plants. Watch this space.
All of this vegetable garden talk, brings me to this easy vinaigrette. This is the perfect dressing for any spring salad or fresh vegetables. Once upon a time, I used to by all of my dressings from the supermarket. Then one day, I put oil with vinegar and made my own. Imagine that! I never looked back and always make dressings for salad. Honestly, it usually only takes a few minutes and the taste is just better. Well, in my little ol' opinion. Plus you get the bonus status of making your own dressing...ha!
This dressing here literally takes 5 minutes to put together. I love it and make it regularly. I have used it in so many ways including marinading shrimp and chicken. It goes great over a green salad, pasta salad, couscous, and so much more. You get the picture. I recently made it for a new dish that will be hitting the blog later this week, hopefully.
Right, I am off to my vegetable garden where I can start on gowning stuff for my table. Happy cooking friends!
Makes 1/2 Cup/120 ml / Prep time: 5 minutes / Cook time: None
1/2 Cup/120 ml olive oil
Juice of two lemons
Zest of two lemons
2 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
4 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper
In a small jar or bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Shake or whisk well and refrigerate. Will keep several days in the refrigerator.
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