It is time to come out of hibernation! Today is the first day of Spring and this salad dressing is sure to wake up your taste buds. This dressing is so easy it only takes a few minutes to mix up and you are ready to serve it with your favorite spring mix green salad, grilled or smoked meats and vegetables.
I love it served with a very simple salad (pictured here) of Romaine leaves, with a generous drizzle of the dressing and chopped Marcona Almonds. The flavor is smokey and sweet from both the Aji Panca and the Mesquite honey. The Aji Panca has a smokey berry flavor and Mesquite gives it a smokey caramel-like color and flavor. I think it pairs well with Spanish Manchego cheese shavings as well to add a little creaminess. Any way you serve this with or without meat it is sure to satisfy any appetite to wake the bear inside. It is really fun to make a fresh dressing your friends and family will want the recipe!
1 Tbs Zócalo Gourmet Aji Panca Paste
1 Tbs Zócalo Gourmet Organic Mesquite Honey
1/2 tsp Matiz España Arvum Pedro Ximenez Sherry Vinegar
3 Tbs Matiz España Spanish Olive Oil
1/4 tsp fresh ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp + a pinch Matiz España Flor de Sal
1/2 tsp lemon or lime juice
When you first open your jar of Aji Panca paste add the lemon juice to the jar with a pinch of Flor de Sal and mix well with a small spoon. This will help to wake up the flavor of the Aji Panca and to add a little natural preservative to the jar because the Organic Aji Panca pastes do not have preservatives in them. 1 tablespoon is 10 calories and zero fat!
Add the Aji Panca Paste, Mesquite Honey, Sherry Vinegar, Spanish Olive Oil, Black Pepper and Flor de Sal to a small mixing bowl. Use a whisk to mix well. Let sit to meld for 15 minutes, mix again then serve.
This recipe is Gluten Free and Vegan.
You can find the products in the Seattle area at The Spanish Table, Whole Foods Markets, PCC Markets and online via the links above.
Happy First Day of Spring!
Feliz Día de la Primavera!