Today’s recipe for #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar is brought to you with the help of Just Hemp Foods: Citrus Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette. Yes. Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette. The combination is amazing.
Since Mr. Saucy and I are heading off with our kayaks and fly rods for some saltwater fishing, this will be my final #Choctoberfest post. This week of chocolate has been wonderful and I am so happy to have participated.
One of the sponsors of the event is Just Hemp Foods; I was so excited about their sponsorship of #Choctoberfest! Since I’m a Meatless Monday blogger, a pairing with Just Hemp Foods products was perfect.
Just Hemp Foods has a line of hemp seed products that are packed with natural plant-based protein and a near perfect balance of essential fatty acids. Their lineup includes: Hulled Hemp Seeds, Hemp Protein Powder, Toasted Salted Hemp Seeds and Hemp Seed Oil, the latter two of which I used in this recipe.
Only the highest quality hemp seeds, selected for their color, flavor and overall quality are used in Just Hemp Foods’ products. The delicious, nutty flavor of the products were perfect for what I had in mind as a recipe.
But chocolate and a salad? Well, yes. This chocolate vinaigrette is made with aged balsamic vinegar, shallot, Dijon mustard and salt (classic in a vinaigrette), to which I added an ounce of melted bittersweet chocolate before drizzling in Hemp Seed Oil.
The nutty flavor of the oil, the subtle sweetness that occurs with the combination of the bittersweet chocolate and the aged balsamic vinegar…well, I die. It was just so very good! Mr. Saucy didn’t even detect the chocolate, it’s so understated.
Since I had chocolate now, in the dressing, my thoughts went to what would make an outstanding salad utilizing it. So, what goes better with chocolate than citrus? What classic cheese is better with chocolate than an aged Gorgonzola? The reason those two elements work so well is that the sweet of the chocolate is tempered with the sharp flavors of the citrus and cheese. And they worked so well together with this vinaigrette.
I used mixed salad greens, orange and grapefruit supremes (segments with skin, pith, membranes, and seeds removed), Gorgonzola cheese, thinly sliced red onion, Toasted Salted Hemp Seeds and the Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette.
You really must try it to believe it. Visit Just Hemp Foods and order some of their incredible, and nutritious products.
Remember, there is a chocolate prize package giveaway! Don’t forget to enter the #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar Giveaway.
- ⅓ cup aged balsamic vinegar
- 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted*
- 2 teaspoons finely minced shallot
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- pinch of salt
- ⅔ cup Hemp Seed Oil
- In a medium-sized bowl, add the balsamic vinegar, melted chocolate, shallot, Dijon mustard and salt.
- Using a whisk, whisk until the ingredients are combined.
- Continue to whisk the ingredients as you slowly drizzle in the Hemp Seed Oil, this will create an emulsion so the oil won't separate from the vinegar.
Disclaimer: As a participant in #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar, I was sent a range of products from Just Hemp Foods for taking part in the promotion. The opinions expressed in this post with regard to Just Hemp Foods are my own and are heartfelt.
Interested in seeing some of the other fabulous #Choctoberfest recipes posted today? Just click on the photos below to go directly to the recipe.