Rosemary Balsamic Vinagrette & Giveaway

by Melanie on June 14, 2010

I have been making a salad everyday for my lunch and this is my new favorite dressing. I am a big fan of homemade salad dressings. They are so much better than anything you can buy, free of all the preservatives and unnatural ingredients and cheaper to boot! Just a win win win situations! I have a beautiful rosemary plant that is going crazy. I am telling you, everything grows so beautifully here in Tennessee. I had to baby my herbs in Utah but not here. I planted a basil plant, rosemary and thyme a few weeks ago and they have all exploded into big beautiful plants! I have already made a nice batch of Pesto with all the basil leaves. I can’t wait to have a garden here! That is in the plans for next year
Anyway, back to this dressing… the combination of Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar is awesome! Lately I have been trying to cut some calories here and there (swimsuit season, ya know?!)so I have been substituting half the oil for water. It is quite runny that way but it still tastes great! Either way, I hope you enjoy!

Rosemary Balsamic Vinaigrette
submitted by Melanie

Printable here

1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 Tb fresh rosemary leaves (or 1/2 tsp dry)
2 Tb water
1/2 t coarse salt (such as Kosher)
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. With machine running, add 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil in a think stream, blend until creamy.

My favorite Salad Combinations with this dressing:
Option #1
Romaine lettuce and Spinach
Toasted pecans
feta cheese
Pear slices

Option #2
Romaine and spinach
Grape Tomatoes
Pine nuts
Fresh Mozzarella
Sweet Red Pepper
Cucumber
Croutons
Chicken (opt)

**Now for the Giveaway**

I know that many of you have a SLR camera like me and so I thought you might be interested in this… I was recently introduced to some awesome camera strap covers at Shey [B] and she has offered to give a $25 gift certificate to one of our readers. Please go to her website here and tell us which one you would like.

We will use trusty random.org to pick the lucky person and make the announcement on Saturday Morning!

{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Courtney June 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I love the cherry limeade strap. I totally need this!

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2 Alicia June 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I really like the Black and white damask with pink minky. These are wonderful.

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3 Tolman Tribe June 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm

So Cute! I love the Black and White Damask with Black Minky.

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4 01TJ June 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

So cute! I really like the sunshine vine.

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5 Leslie June 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I love cherry limeade! So cute! I love your blog. So far your blender whole wheat pancakes are my famiiles very favorite. Thank you!

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6 Tammie June 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I love the turquoise & brown damask with the brown minky. SO CUTE!! And your blog is the absolute BEST! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! :)

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7 Suzy June 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Fun giveaway! My favorite is the cherry limeade.

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8 [email protected] June 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I love her camera straps, especially the raspberry limeade one! so cute! Thanks for sharing the recipe, it is on my list!

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9 laura June 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm

That salad looks AWESOME!!!

Great giveaway! I really like the Divine Damask w/ Red Minky.

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10 Marcus and Nicole Asay June 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I am diggin the Zebra print with lime:) Very cute!!!

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11 Kim June 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm

If I won, I may have to use random.org to pick one for me…there are too many awesome straps to choose from. I especially love the Vibrant Paisley. They are all so beautiful!!

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12 Jenn June 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Cherry Limeade for me! I made those snickerdoodles a couple of weeks ago and they were a hit!

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13 wildman & lulu's mommy June 16, 2010 at 6:07 am

Just popped in to get the recipe for your Oatmeal pancake mix (making it for breakfast this morning!!) and saw you giveaway. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Black & White Damask w/ Lime Minky! and your blog is awesome! everything that I have made of yours has been fabulous. thanks so much

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14 Megan June 16, 2010 at 6:09 am

I love the cherry limeade one, SO CUTE!

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15 Marci June 16, 2010 at 6:13 am

I need something a little more gender neutral since my hubby uses the camera too. I love the laughing leaves and would definitely add a lens cap pocket – what a great idea. Now I just need a cute small camera bag and I'm good to go!

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16 Anonymous June 16, 2010 at 6:30 am

Oh wow–I love the Valentine or the one shown in this post!! What a great giveaway and I lOVE your blog!
Anne

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17 Mary June 16, 2010 at 6:44 am

I have been looking for a camera strap! My favorite is "Henna" with a lens cover pocket. I hope the number generator picks me!!!!!

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18 Anonymous June 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

I've had my eye on the black and white damask with pink minky. Great giveaway! Pam

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19 Travis & Alisa June 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

I LOVE the Turquoise & Brown Damask W/ Brown Minky one! I hope I win!

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20 canewton42 June 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

I want the Raspberry Lemonade. Then, when I finally do upgrade from my point-and-shoot (I know! I know!), I'll be ready with a super cute and stylish strap cover. Yay!

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21 Anonymous June 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

I love the cherry limeade, and thanks for the great website, visit here all the time and love the recipes

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22 Nutts June 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

Hi sisters,

Giveaways are fun, thanks! I love all the recipes I've made from your blog. My kids know that whenever I make something new it's "off that blog on the internet you're always looking at" haha!

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23 Benson and Staci Marsh June 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

I love the black and white damask with black minky!

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24 Lisa June 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

I like the ruffled wicker

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25 Linda June 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

They are also cute! I love the Vibrant Paisley!!!!

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26 Bonnie June 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

What a hard choice to choose just one!! I love the black and white damask with lime minky.

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27 Kent and Leisy June 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

black and white damazsk! I love it.
[email protected]

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28 Susan June 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

The red "chic" camera strap is my fave.

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29 Sarah Hargrove June 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

Love the couture strap.

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30 ali_b June 16, 2010 at 11:44 am

I love the Black & White Damask w/ Black Minky! It is super fun:)

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31 Jenn @ WestSacHoney June 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I like the Valentine one

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32 Britni Watkins June 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Love the black and white damask with lime minky…so fun!

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33 Katie June 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I love the raspberry lemonade one!

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34 Courtney, Jeff, Ayla & Leah June 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

cherry limeade please :) its my fave drink too!

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35 Jan June 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I love the Ruffle Duo!

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36 Sara June 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Ruffle Duo – burnt orange!!!

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37 Alison June 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Aqua Dot! The lens cap pocket is a brilliant idea.

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38 Jen K June 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

pink and white damask!

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39 KaufusiFamily June 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I'd love the Vibrant Paisley!

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40 Brittany June 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

yummy dressing mel! I wish I had an slr camera! :)

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41 The Christensen's June 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Those are so cute! Love the cherry limeade!

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42 Madsen Family June 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

For sure the Cherry Limemade. Thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog!

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43 Eliana June 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Rosemary balsamic sounds like such a delicious flavor combination.

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44 LC June 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Antler Lattice for sure! Too Cute

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45 girlsmama June 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I like the Rouche!

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46 I Sicilian June 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I too love homemade dressings. I have never in my life bought prepared dressings. Absolutely no need for it because it is tastier, healthier and less expensive to make it at home. Such a great idea to post a dressing recipe, so many can benefit from it.

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47 Heather June 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Drooling over the chic in red

heatherdemke(at)gmail(dot)com

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48 The Dunham Family June 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I have always, always wanted one of these!
I like the cherry lemonade-it pops and I love it!

Crossing my fingers.

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49 Don and Lisa Osborn June 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I love all of them but would choose the black and white damask with hot pink minky!

Great giveaway!

Lisa

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50 Melissa June 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

I like couture…of course the most expensive!! But they are all cute!

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51 Joan June 17, 2010 at 6:15 am

I love the Raspberry Lemonade strap. What a great giveaway.
Joan

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52 Shannon June 17, 2010 at 6:16 am

I love click…I have to share the camera with my husband!

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53 [email protected] June 17, 2010 at 7:10 am

I like the Ruffle Duo. Really cute idea!
Mary Beth

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54 Chrissy June 17, 2010 at 7:55 am

oooh…all so cute. Black & white damask with black minky.

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55 Just Me June 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

Raspberry Lemonade or Summer Blooms.

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56 Annalisa June 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

I like them all… but especially the cherry limeade and the chic.

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57 Raymond and Kristan June 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I love the black and white damask with the pink minky! So cute!

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58 Julie June 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Very hard to choose… great looking straps. I think I will go with the Turquoise & Brown Damask W/ Brown Minky.

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59 Anonymous June 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Hmmmm I love them all–I think any with damask fabric. I love that! WHat a great blog you have!! Thanks! Britt L.

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60 Emily June 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I would LOVE the pink and white houndstooth! Love.

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61 Hammond Family June 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I like the classic look of the Black & White Damask w/ Black Minky…..classy and of course soft with the minky!

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62 Jessica June 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I would get the cherry limeade, however in the end I'd probably get something that the honey would like too.

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63 staceyk June 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I like the Click one since it is fitting to go on a camera.
snakan0 at hotmail dot com

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64 Joshua and Rachel June 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I love the black and white Damask strap. This is such a cool website.

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65 Jenn June 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

How do I decide? Probably damask with a little bit of hot pink!

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66 Shalane June 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I like the Martini Blossom, so cute!

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67 Sara June 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

How cute! I especially like the black and white damask with pink minky :)

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68 Eric June 17, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I love them all- think that the black and white damask with the pink minky is my top choice!! So glad you shared the link, as I have seen these fun straps but was unsure where to get one! Your blog is fabulous- all of your amazing recipes make me a star among the fam!! Thank you for sharing your talents!

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69 Brooke June 17, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I really like Raspberry Lemonade or The Chic!

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70 Bushman's June 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm

OOooo, I love the red raspberry. I love the name and the cute strap!!!

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71 ackerman.angela June 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I love the black and white damask with pink! I actually think they all are cute, and would love any of them so my hubby would stop stealing my camera from me :) LOL

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72 gnee June 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I like the style of the New Knot,but would like it in a different fabric. Apparently, that's in the near future! I also really like the Black and White Damask with Pink Minky. Thanks for the giveaway and have a great weekend.

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73 corrin June 18, 2010 at 12:58 am

I love the zebra fabric, but the ruffles are irresistible!

corrinrenee at gmail dot com

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74 Miles and Bex June 18, 2010 at 2:24 am

Cherry limeade…Yes please!

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75 Melinda June 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

I love the Ruffled LC :)

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76 Jen June 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Love your blog! I recently found you through a family member. :)

Cherry limeade for me! :)
Thanks & fingers crossed.

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77 howard mama June 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

The Valentine melts my heart <3

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78 TL June 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Cherry Limeade!! Please!! All so beautiful though.

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79 The Shupe Ohana June 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm

the ruffled black and white damask!! love it!!

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80 Janelle June 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm

My favorite is the Argyle. I absolutely love argyle.

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81 Kyle and Alli June 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

How fun! I think my three favorites are the Limeade, Argyle, and the Turquoise & Brown Damask W/ Brown Minky! Great giveaway!

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82 Lynn June 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I love the Black & White Damask w/ Pink Minky!!!

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one!

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83 Traci June 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I love the New York and the Vibrant Paisley, what a cute idea!

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84 Ash June 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I really like them all!

I am leaning towards the Black & White Zebra with Lime Minky. I think….. :)

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85 jsbarnett June 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Cute idea. I really like these. I like the limeade one!

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86 Jared and Tara Phelps June 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Such a cute product! And a great blog. I would get the black and white damask with orange minky. So cute! Cmon random generator – GENERATE ME!

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87 Kristin June 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The cherry limeade one is so pretty!

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88 Heidi June 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I love the cherry limeade.

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89 Lauren June 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Pink ruffled houndstooth…I want to win this so bad…

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90 The Harwood Family June 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Ruffle duo in burnt orange!

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91 Brianne M England June 18, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I love the antler lattice or the ruffle duo in burnt orange. Either one would be fabulous!!

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92 angie June 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Oh how I love the Chic. The ruffle duo also makes my heart go pitter pat.

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93 Lcurls June 18, 2010 at 11:52 pm

ME ME ME!!! :) love them
Love the Couture or the chic!

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94 svmama3 June 19, 2010 at 5:54 am

I LOVE the Couture!

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95 Kadie June 19, 2010 at 6:04 am

Lets be honest, I LOVE them all! But if someone with held chocolate from me, I guess I would pick the RUffle Duo in Burnt Orange!

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