How much do you love balsamic vinegar??? I swear I use it almost daily in my kitchen— for dressings, marinades, glazes, roasting, or, heck, just to dip some good bread in!
That caramelly, tangy, perfectly sweet liquid is just so versatile when it comes to cooking, and really lends itself to highlighting vegetable dishes. Aka one of the reasons I use it so much!
So when Boulder Flavors came to me about trying their new Balsamic Nectar, you know I was super excited to get my hands on it! Better yet, I just came back from a weekend getaway in Denver, Colorado, right down the road from where this delicious product is aged and made (in Boulder), so this made it even more fun to try.
So, you may be wondering, what is Balsamic Nector? Balsamic Nectar is a contemporary take on traditional balsamic vinegar, made from the grapes of Modena, Italy and created free of any thickeners, added sugars, or preservatives (win!). It has a rich, complex taste that finishes off with the perfect pop of sweetness— which makes it great for all kinds of dishes.
My favorite thing about it is that it’s naturally thicker than most other balsamic vinegars I’ve used, so it’s awesome with just a little olive oil and garlic and lots of BREAD 😉
I decided to try using this Balsamic Nectar two different ways: roasting and as a dressing. I began by roasting crunchy asparagus and baby red potatoes in a mix of balsamic and olive oil until they were crispy and tender. YOU GUYS. I basically had to use every ounce of self control in my body to keep from popping all these potatoes into my mouth straight from the oven. They were SO good.
And that ASPARAGUS. Once roasted in that Balsamic Nectar, it has that perfect crunchy, tender, earthy, sweet bite— basically I could eat it for every meal. For the rest of my life. No joke.
Once the roasting was done, I layered all these pretty spring vegetables onto a bed of wild arugula, along with some creamy avocado, tender chickpeas, and salty artichoke hearts— all topped off with a simple, yet seriously satisfying balsamic vinaigrette. I used Balsamic Nectar as the star of my vinaigrette, with some extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and dried herbs to make these flavors come to life even more.
So yeah, this is basically the best salad ever… I’m not biased or anything ;). Super simple, packed with flavor and texture, and totally chock full of nutrients! So you can totally go eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s after and not feel bad about it, AMIRIGHT?!?
Since I love this product SO SO much, I’m giving away a bottle Balsamic Nectar to one lucky reader out there so they can try this deliciousness in their own kitchen, too! The giveaway ends on Saturday, May 14th at 11:59 PM EST. Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win: