A delicious dressing for garden greens, new potatoes and baked salmon.
• Gluten free
• Made in New Zealand
• Shake before use. Refrigerate after opening.
I usually make my own vinaigrette but I always enjoy Barker's products so I fully expected it to be just as good as mine (if not better!). Vinaigrettes are funny things; you have to get the oil and vinegar balance just right or it ends up being too rich or too acidic. Shaking before use helps, of course, but it is also important to add it just before eating so that the food does not lose its texture. There is nothing worse than a wilted salad staring at you when you open the fridge!
We made a colourful salad mix and spread it all out on a board, then put a helping on to everyone's plate. The idea was that each person could add as much or as little of the dressing that they chose. I noticed that there was mustard included in the small print above the main label so I said nothing - the children don't like mustard, or at least they say they don't, so I did not want to prejudice their feedback.
When we went to shake the bottle, we found it quite a challenge. The contents filled it almost to the lid, and there was a large amount of oil on top which absolutely refused to mix in, no matter how much we shook it. In the end I decanted some into a jug and provided a spoon so people could stir it before adding it to their salad. This worked for us, and we found that it ceased to be a problem once the level in the bottle had dropped and there was more space to shake.
The taste was as we expect from a Barker's product. Nicely balanced, with a lemon aftertaste and an interesting texture of mustard seeds and crushed capers - thicker than most vinaigrettes so that the solid bits draped themselves over the various salad items, giving a most interesting effect. Apart from the lemon, no one flavour stood out; it was a fusion of herbs and spices, full-bodied but not too strong.
As a treat, another friend had given us half a dozen avocados. We next tried the vinaigrette on them, and found that this was a gourmet treat to die for. I often use sesame oil and balsamic vinegar as a dressing on avocado, but this dressing was much better. It is a good thing we had only six avocados (to share among eight people) because I could happily have eaten all six myself. Avocados are one of my favourite foods, and this dressing could have been designed just for them.
If I am buying a vinaigrette, this would be my first choice. It would be especially useful when travelling because it is ready to use; although it needs to be refrigerated once it is opened, it would survive a trip quite happily in a chilly bin.
I have recently purchased this dressing to use in lunchtime work salads. I have really enjoyed it, it has great flavour, the capers give it a nice salty taste. It is a slightly creamy dressing so you really have to give it a good shake before using it. I have used it with pasta as its a thicker dressing than other vinagrettes. I also went onto the Barkers website as they have a lot of recipes using their products and found the Herb and Caper potato salad, I tried it out and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all! My daughter (9) has tried it too and also really enjoyed it.
It lasted well in the fridge for a couple of weeks and had plenty of servings per bottle. I thought it was great value for money for the amount you get. I liked that it was made in New Zealand and in a glass bottle, easier for recycling, and it only took a short soak to be able to get the label off. I have found this a great brand, I have tried many of their products in the past and have never been disappointed.
I found it easy to find in the supermarket and I would definitely use this again.
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