Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe

Sweet maple syrup and zesty balsamic vinegar lend bright flavors to tender grilled pork chops, a crisp summer salad and luscious red strawberries. Kim Sumrall from Aptos, California shares the recipe.

Yield: 1 cup or 8 Servings

Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe
Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

FOR PORK CHOPS:
4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each)
FOR SALAD:
8 cups torn mixed salad greens
FOR STRAWBERRIES:
2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled

Directions:
In a blender, combine vinegar and syrup. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Yield: 1 cup.
For pork chops: Pour 2/3 cup dressing into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing.
Drain and discard marinade. Grill pork chops, covered, over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear, brushing with 3 tablespoons reserved dressing during the last 5 minutes. Drizzle remaining dressing over chops before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
For salad: In a large bowl, toss greens with dressing. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
For strawberries: In a large bowl, toss berries with dressing. Chill until serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts
2 tablespoons dressing equals 303 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 56 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Originally published as Maple Balsamic Dressing in Simple & Delicious July/August 2007, p17