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Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

It’s easy to get stuck in your own point of view. 

Nobody really means to do it, but it happens. 

It seems like a long time ago (probably because it was), I didn’t know how to cook. Oh sure, I could do basics like grilled cheese, or heating up soup. I did quite  a bit of baking, but I didn’t really know how to cook. I didn’t have confidence in the kitchen. 

Today, I could walk into your kitchen and whip up something tasty based on what you have on hand. And that skill didn’t develop overnight. It took years and years of practice, reading, studying, watching, asking questions….. 

Sometimes I forget that not everyone has had the same experience as I have. Not everyone is as comfortable in the kitchen as I am. salad dressing being poured onto a salad

So I have to remind myself to go back to basics. 

And that’s what today is, back to basics. 

So. I don’t buy salad dressing. I buy caesar dressing at Costco for convenience, but other than that, you will never see a bottle of salad dressing in my house. 

I make it. From scratch. Because it’s really, really easy. And once you get the hang of it, it can be reproduced in an endless variety of ways. 

Do you know what the number 1 ingredient on many salad dressings is? Water. Yup. The ingredient that has the highest quantity in the recipe is freaking water. 

No thanks. 

All you need to make salad dressing are a few simple ingredients you may already have lying around your house. 

One thing that makes a big difference with your average salad dressing is making sure you have good quality ingredients. So good quality oil, good quality vinegar, good quality mustard. That will make a huge difference. 

Many traditional salad dressings, or vinaigrettes, are prepared with a 3-to-1 ratio of oil to vinegar (meaning 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar). I prefer mine to be closer to 50-50, basically equal parts olive oil and vinegar. 

And you don’t need to use vinegar; any kind of acid will work–like lemon or lime juice, or in this case, I used a flavoured apple cider vinegar. Balsamic of any kind is amazing, and they come in flavours as well. 

Similarly, mix up the kind of oil you use. Walnut–yum! Sesame? Toasty! 

See? The varieties and combinations are endless. 

Master this easy apple cider vinegar salad dressing recipe and it will give you a lifetime of delicious, healthy salads. 

a pretty green salad

Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

  • ¼ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp good dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or less to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-½ clove of garlic, minced
  • Method

Rapini and Barlotti Bean Pasta (with @PastaBoyPeter)

I am lucky enough to have surrounded myself, in this city, with some great people: good friends, and good foodies. Sometimes those lines cross, and those who  were already good foodies became great friends. 

My buddy Peter Ciuffa (aka @pastaboypeter) fits into both categories. Even though Peter was born in Calgary, he is what I would consider to be old-school Italian. He learned all the traditional cooking techniques from his mother and his grandmother, and now teaches classes here in Vancouver, showing others how to do the same. 

Rapini and Barlotti Bean Pasta Dyson

Image by Dyson Media

We were lucky enough to find a spare morning a few weeks back where both of us were free to shoot a cooking video. 

Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve done this… and shooting with Peter is always a very organic, fun affair with lots of jokes and laughs, ending in a delicious meal. 

I put Peter in charge of the food, my only request was that the dish be vegetarian (this dish is actually vegan if you leave off the cheese at the end, or sub out vegan parm). The end result was a fantastic, comforting pasta dish that comes together in just a few minutes.

Big shout-out here to Jeremy Dyson of Dyson Media, who shot and edited this together for us. It was no easy task, but the end result looks so much better than anything I could have done solo. 

Don’t forget–eat with those you love! 

Rapini and Barlotti Bean Pasta

Rapini and Barlotti Bean Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 200 g pasta (we used penne)
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4–1/2 tsp pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 bunch broccoli rape or rapini (bitter greens)
  • 1 can barlotti or cannelini or navy beans
  • 1/2 lemon
  • grated parmesan (optional)
  • salt and pepper
Rebecca Coleman & PastaBoyPeter

Is it even a dish if you don’t Instagram it??

Method: 

  1. Generously salt a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions, though you want to pull the pasta out when it is still slightly undercooked, or al dente. 
  2. While the pasta is cooking, bring a second pot of salted water the boil, and add the rapini. Cook it until wilted and the stems are tender, about 3-4 minutes. Pull from the boiling water and place immediately in ice water to stop the cooking process. 
  3. In a large frying pan or dutch oven, heat about 1/4 cup of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add some salt and the roughly chopped garlic, and stir until fragrant. Add pepper flakes to taste. 
  4. Next, add in the beans, having drained them (and save the aquafaba!!). Stir well and toss and coat with the oil. Allow them to cook down until they start to pop open and release the starches. 
  5. Next add the cooked and drained rapini, and stir well. 
  6. Drain the pasta, but be sure to save some of the pasta water on the side. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss well, adding additional olive oil or pasta water if needed to make a proper sauce. 
  7. Finish with a grating of lemon zest, a squeeze of lemon, and a garnish of grated parmesan cheese. 
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