Agave nectar is the perfect sweetening agent for salad dressings. Not only does it enhance all the other flavors of the recipe, it also dissolves quickly and adds a bit of a creamy texture to the mix. And as we know, this low-glycemic, all-natural sweetener is so much healthier than refined sugar.
This recipe can be made quickly and easily in an electric kitchen blender. You can also combine all ingredients in a tall container, and then emulsify the dressing with a hand blender. Either way works great and takes about 30 seconds. A smaller volume can definitely whipped up by hand using a wire whisk.
1 cup apple cider vinegar (or champagne vinegar, or any other type of vinegar according to your taste)
1 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 Tablespoons agave syrup
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1-2 Tablespoons mustard
1/4 cup parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
Place all ingredients in a kitchen blender and run it for about 30 seconds.
If you make this vinaigrette by hand, chop the parsley finely and combine everything but the canola oil in a mixing bowl. Add the oil in a thin stream while whisking forcefully. That’s it!
Agave Nectar Sausage Salad
Dice up some or all of the following ingredients:
- dill pickles
- green and red bell peppers
- black olives
Mix a generous amount of vegetables with an even more generous quantity of cubed, smoked sausage. Marinate all this with your agave nectar vinaigrette (make it real juicy!), and enjoy this wonderful Bavarian-style agave nectar sausage salad with a slice of good crusty bread. In Germany, a sausage salad is called “Wurstsalat”. It’s excellent with a fresh pretzel, believe me!
Of course, you can use this agave nectar dressing with all types of salad recipes. Check out this beautiful grilled chicken salad in the picture here…