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Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

I was so blessed to spend a wonderful day last summer with two dear friends. Lyn and Melissa have been my friends since 6th grade, it was so special to get to spend the afternoon with them and have all of our kids – 8 of them – get to know each other. I love cooking for my friends, so I had to volunteer to bring some food. Lunch turned out great, and since we had all told our kids we were having “Mommy time” we were able to chat uninterrupted for 20 minutes at a stretch. Bliss! What a fun picnic table lunch and we even got to catch up with our friend Karen. I gave┬áher the leftover dressing for a dinner she was hosting later that night…multi-tasking at it’s finest.

Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette
Shown here with grilled chicken made with my Oregano Marinade

Oregano Marinade

Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette
Author: Kate Wagner
Serves: 1 1/2 cups
This dressing has a zing to it, which you can temper with more or less chipotle peppers and honey. In addition to being a yummy on a salad, this vinaigrette makes a delicious marinade for pretty much any protein…chicken, pork, steak, fish…Plan on getting your money’s worth from this recipe – an amazing salad and fab dinner on the grill later in the week. Happy cooking!
Ingredients
  • 3-4 Canned Chipotle peppers (see note)
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 4 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Canola oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano, dried
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, add chipotle peppers, lime zest and juice, and red wine vinegar. Pulse until peppers are throughly combined.
  2. Next add the honey, garlic, canola oil, Kosher salt, cumin and oregano. Throughly pulse until the vinaigrette is emulsified.
  3. Use the dressing right away or you can store in the refridgerator for up to 1 week.
Notes
Canned Chipotle Peppers – 4 peppers will give a medium heat. I’m not a huge fan of spicy food, and I like the “kick” from 4 peppers. If you prefer even less heat you can start with 2 or 3, the dressing will still be delicious.

 

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