It is so much more than a salad dressing table. If you use balsamic vinegar, it is probably exclusively in your homemade salad dressings. But this tangy vinegar has more to offer than just a drizzle on tomatoes or lettuce.
Keen to venture beyond the planet of bites along with your balsamic? Here are just eight unexpected ways to utilize it in your cooking that will blow your brain.
Balsamic Vinegar On Strawberries
Yes, it's true. For some reason, strawberries and balsamic vinegar pair together beautifully. The zing of the balsamic brings out the sweetness of the strawberries and it's some critically refined flavor. Just think: 1 ingredient can make a simple bowl of fruit way classier than dorm room Ramen.
It's like sprinkling salt on your watermelon, but much better and juicer. Just don't go overboard with the balsamic or you will pucker up a bit too much with each bite.
Balsamic Vinegar In Popsicles
This 3-ingredient recipe is fruity, somewhat tart and bursting with summer goodness. It takes the strawberry and balsamic combo into a complete new, frozen level.
Since all of the sugar in these pops happens naturally in the fruit and honey, then you can enjoy a few of these without feeling guilty.
Balsamic Vinegar On Ice Cream
Just trust me on this one. If you reduce balsamic vinegar and sugar together in a pan, you are going to get a sweet glaze that's made for a spoonful of vanilla ice cream (feel free to add some strawberries).
You can also purchase infused balsamics, so if you find any mango or raspberry chocolate balsamic (they are surprisingly easy to come by), you don't even have to bother reducing them to syrups.
Balsamic Vinegar On Avocado
Clearly everything is better with avocado. I don't even need to explain this one. Just drizzle it in your own'cado halves and enjoy.
Balsamic Vinegar In Seltzer Water
We received this tip from someone working at a balsamic vinegar and olive oil boutique: drizzle a little of infused balsamic vinegar from seltzer water to make a homemade and naturally sugar-free soda. It will not be Coca-Cola, but it will be refreshing and distinctive.
If you are big on fruity flavors, buying a bottle of blackberry, blueberry, strawberry or some other fruit-infused balsamic vinegar could be a worthy the investment.
Balsamic Vinegar On Yogurt
Don't cringe. I understand what you're thinking,"Vinegar in my yogurt?" But this recipe actually makes the two sound like a delectable pair. The sweet balsamic glaze really works together with the cherries, and the pistachios add a nice crunch.
You will feel like a culinary boss eating balsamic for breakfast while your roommates suck down their Lucky Charms.
Balsamic Vinegar On Cheese
Since really good balsamic is celebrated for its layers of smoky and sweet flavors, a lot of individuals find that it is best used when drizzled directly onto foods or dishes (as opposed to being used as an ingredient at a marinade or dressing).
One way to get the flavor out of your balsamic vinegar is to splash some onto a piece of cheese. Balsamic tastes soo good when it's paired with something creamy--like the yogurt and ice cream hints above. A good piece of cheese is no exception to this odd rule, so break out the cheese and crackers.
Balsamic Vinegar In Pie
Yes, I understand most college students don't just go around making pies all the live long day, however about the off-chance that you are making pie for some grand occasion, balsamic has got your back.
This drool-inducing blackberry balsamic pie with a walnut sea salt crumble is pure decadence. Pie crust can be challenging to make, but after you pass that step, the rest of this recipe is really easy. I'm not even that much of a pie gal, but I want this in my belly right now.