Smoked Paprika Dressing

Saw this recipe at All Recipes and wanted to give it a try – with a few tweaks to my taste.  So here’s my one serving version.  I left out the sugar as I saw no reason, somewhat upped the garlic because hey garlic, and dropped the onions since it was a bit too complex a prep and I wasn’t sure what they’d add.

  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/4 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp crushed garlic (about 1/8 a clove or so)
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp olive oil.

Pretty much just mixed it up and blended it then served it over baby spinach.  And the result . . .

Pretty good actually.  There’s a kick to it, but the sweetness of the honey seems to mitigate it – in fact it may be slightly too sweet. The taste is extremely rich and complex, and the ingredients work together well.

There’s no way I can see serving this on anything overly flavorful to begin with – it’s something for greens, spinach, etc.  Might be good for a bean salad – but only white or black beans.

A few thoughts:

  • It might be posible to make a curry version using curry powder instead of smoked paprika.
  • The honey would be hard to cut sweet-wise.  As there’s a lot to this I could see cutting the honey and adding a small amount of brown sugar.
  • Trying a different vinegar may work to create different tastes.

Give this one a shot!