Who doesn’t like chocolate? When you can get veggies and fruit added to your day while eating chocolate… its the perfect culinary marriage! In honor of Valentines Day why not make this delicious chocolate vinaigrette for your sweet-heart. This tasty vinaigrette is an excellent sweet and savory topping for salad. It can also be used to dip berries in for a sweet and savory appetizer. If you love chocolate, or even just like it, this recipe is sure to please.
Recipe: Chocolate Vinaigrette over Salad
Makes 6 servings
6 Cups Baby Spinach and Mixed Greens
1 ½ Cups Sliced, Fresh Strawberries
½ Cup Crumbled Goat Cheese
2 Tablespoons Slivered Almonds
2 Ounces of Bitter Sweet Chocolate Chopped (66%)
5 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Honey
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
⅛ Teaspoon Cinnamon
⅛ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
⅛ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Combine cayenne pepper, black pepper, sea salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. Melt chocolate by heating in microwave in ten-second intervals (stir chocolate between heating sessions) until there are no visible lumps. Caution* DO NOT OVERHEAT CHOCOLATE. Fold chocolate into the olive oil/balsamic mixture stirring vigorously to combine. Add dry ingredients and whisk until blended. Pour over salad greens and enjoy!