On Losing Recipes and Easy All-Purpose Balsamic Vinaigrette

A confession: I lose recipes constantly. When I work on a dish, I quickly scribble it down on a sheet of paper and “file” it away in my kitchen. The filing system is actually in a three ring BBQ cookbook that is supposed to temporarily store recipes until I can properly file them away. I started it more than seven years ago and no recipes have been filed away. Ever.

Pasta salad

Enter a craving for pasta salad on a scorching hot day – much of what September has been here in San Diego. The pasta salad incorporates cheese tortellini and cherry tomatoes mixed with balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a simple dish that was introduced to me by my good friend, Ani of Confessions of a Foodie. It’s a tried and true recipe that transforms any dish: pasta, salad, etc. into a savory masterpiece. It’s my go-to meal that I make in advance and store in the refrigerator for a fast, refreshing bite.


The balsamic vinaigrette is such a simple recipe that I often forget the amounts needed or the one sole ingredient that tries it all together. And I admit I’ve contacted Ani more than once to give me the recipe after losing it.

Instead of filing it away only to be lost again, I’m posting here for prosperity.

Shaken oils

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/2 cup good quality olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Ground pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or salad shaker until sugar dissolves.

Pour over salad or cold pasta. Store in refrigerator when not in use.

9 thoughts on “On Losing Recipes and Easy All-Purpose Balsamic Vinaigrette

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  1. I was always forgetting recipes and ideas for my blog so I bought a journal and keep it in the kitchen on top of the microwave with a pen. I write down my recipes as I cook, the blog ’em later!

  2. Man… You’re not the only one losing recipes… I started emailing them to myself and printed copies to “file away”… never happened… at least I can still do a quick search… Thanks for posting the recipes! xoxo

  3. I totally make recipes again from things I’ve posted about since I lose recipes all the time, too. Or I don’t write things down. And I don’t measure… geez. I need a kitchen journal, too!

  4. Okay — you and me both! In fact this whole issue is what I woke up and decided to take care of today — organizing my recipes. So this one is being “filed” at Evernote 🙂 And I’ve been experimenting with EverClip which automatically sends everything to Evernote. Voila! (hahah — which me luck!) And thanks for sharing this vinaigrette — always looking for good salad dressings to try.

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