To give me some inspiration I was also sent Filippo Berio Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil. Combined these 2 ingredients make a Balsamic Vinaigrette, which serves as a great base for all kinds of other ingredients.
1/4 Balsamic vinegar
3/4 Olive Oil
Season to taste with salt and black pepper
This will give you a perfectly acceptable dressing, but you can do so much more. Garlic, mustard and honey individually or in any combination will spruce up your Balsamic Vinaigrette, but I want to try my herb mincer to create an Italian style dressing that is perfect for salads, or for dipping bread.
Herby Balsamic Vinaigrette
Filippo Berio Balsamic Vinegar
Filippo Berio Olive Oil
Salt and black pepper to season
As with a lot of my recipes, it's all down to personal taste, so vary your dressing to suit your own palate and needs. On this occasion we ate fresh crusty bread, mature cheese and a Spinach, Rocket And Watercress Salad, so I added Paprika for a gentle kick.
The herb mincer makes really quick work of the fresh herbs, with 4 blades to catch and cut even the most awkward or tiny leaves.
The mincer comes with a blade guard for when you aren't using it, and unclips in an instant for easy cleaning.
The Little Salad Dressing Shaker has a nice wide neck, angled lip and airtight easy-open pouring lid. Measurements on the side save on washing up and mean you don't have to guess quantities. It's perfect for the job. I can't think of anything else I'd add.
You can fasten it shut and shake to mix your dressing, then store your creation in the fridge for the next 2-3 days with confidence.
The Little Salad Dressing Shaker is really incredibly easy to use and was a hit all round, as was the dressing. The flavours come together really well, and it gives a good interesting bite, so you can eat it with something which has a delicate flavour, or single texture, such as Chicken breast or baked Camembert, and it can hold it's own against a more powerful dish.
The Oxo Good Grips Little Salad Dressing Shaker has an RRP of £10 and the Herb Mincer is £12. They're available from all good kitchenware stockists including Lakeland and John Lewis. The Salad Dressing Shaker is made from Tritan (a BPA-free plastic), and both items are safe for cleaning in a dishwasher.