This very tasty and aromatic Toasted Spice Vinaigrette combines coriander, fennel, and cumin seeds that are toasted, crunchy, and super aromatic, in an easy vinaigrette that will elevate your salad.
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I really love this vinaigrette. When I first came across it on bonappetit.com I thought it might be too overpowering for most salads, but I was so wrong. The toasted seeds are so flavorful, but they are not overpowering. If anything, they add a great boldness to a salad.
Over the years, I’ve used this vinaigrette for so many things. It’s really great with a mixed garden salad, or as a dressing for broccoli, asparagus, green beans, or tomatoes.
How to Make Toasted Spice Vinaigrette
It’s definitely important to start with fresh herbs. If you’ve had these spices around the house for years, or they haven’t been stored properly, they probably won’t pack much flavor. All spices lose their potency over time.
Make sure you’re using the whole seed. You might think you need to crack the seeds first, because they’ll be hard to bite through, but that’s not the case. They are crispy and easy to crack once they’re toasted.
Using a small frying pan, add just a tiny amount of oil to lightly season the pan. Turn it on medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the spices.
You’ll want to shuffle them around in the pan with a spatula, so they toast evenly. It takes around 5-8 minutes to toast them well.
If it seems to be toasting to quickly, turn the heat down, so the seeds don’t scorch.
Add the toasted spices, olive oil, vinegar and mustard to a sealable container. I use a small Sistema container. Shake vigorously to combine. Doing this in a container is great because it’s so fast, it combines very easily, and you can store it in that container.
You can also add the ingredients to a bowl and whisk vigorously to combine. This is a great way to do it if you plan to use the vinaigrette right away and won’t be storing it.
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Toasted Spice Vinaigrette
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- Dash of salt and pepper
- Toast the spices in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until toasted and crunchy.
- Add the spices, olive oil, vinegar and mustard to a sealable container. Shake vigorously to combine.
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Laura is a home cook who loves making new recipes and finding new favorite things to eat, whether at home or abroad. She also runs a popular travel blog and spends a lot of her time traveling for food.