Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

There’s nothing like the feeling of falling in love, and fallen I have. Wait – no news on the “guy” front – I’ve fallen for this Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette. I hope you’ll feel the same way once you taste it! A touch of sweet with just a hint of smoky warmth, this is unlike any dressing I’ve ever tasted (or made) before.

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette
Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

A concentrated apple cider, sorghum and a wee hit of bourbon take this dressing to the next level. So does the creamy emulsion – do take a moment to pull out your blender for the best texture. I thought about adding a little cayenne to the dressing to add a touch of complexity, but settled on a surprise ingredient – a hit of white pepper.

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette
Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

While I serve this over my Taphouse Salad, it would be lovely drizzled over a crisp apple or pear salad or any Autumn type salad, perhaps one with pecans and deep leafy greens. I imagine it would also be wonderful over a grilled or sautéed butternut or acorn squash. You’ll just have to taste it and see for yourself.

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette Drizzled over Smashburger in Taphouse Salad
Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette Drizzled over Smashburger in Taphouse Salad

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

  • Servings: abt 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup good apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1/2 cup sorghum *
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup light flavored olive oil

In a saucepan, reduce apple cider to about 1/4 cup. Set aside to cool while the rest of the ingredients are assembled.

In a blender, add vinegar, bourbon, sorghum, Dijon, mustard powder, salt and white vinegar. Pulse to blend. Add in apple cider reduction.

With blender running on low, remove the center of the lid. Very slowly, in a thin stream, pour in the oil. Continue to blend until an emulsion is reached.

  • No Sorghum? I hesitate to advise this, afraid to cause an uproar, but consider subbing in two or three tablespoons of molasses, then filling the rest of the measure (1/2 cup) with light corn syrup.

From the kitchen of www.frugalhausfrau.com

Here are the components to my Taphouse Salad, but feel free to use this dressing in any way that suits you! Try the Taphouse Salad, though! 🙂

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I’ll be bringing this dressing and the rest of my Taphouse Salad over to Throwback Thursday, Quinn of Dad What’s 4 Dinner and  Alli from Tornadough host this blogging extravaganza.

I’ll also be bringing this outstanding dressing to Fiesta Friday 91, put on by Angie of the Novice Gardener. The hosts this week are hosts this week are Juju @ cookingwithauntjuju and Indira @ I’ll Cook, You Wash.