Ripe golden raspberries are sunning in the garden. Hints of chocolate mint float on the wind. As I walk, recipes briefly surface with each passing herb. Undrafted maps waiting to be discovered. Undeveloped meals hoped to be enjoyed.
After decadent dark chocolate soufflés and extravagant cheddar scallion quiches, I’m in the mood for a little detox! A clean kitchen, a good movie, a relaxing book, a spot of yoga.
I’m thinking vibrant Boston butter lettuce, unadorned and uncomplicated, with whispers of golden raspberry vinaigrette hiding within. Comfort food with healthy notes in effortless terms – dishes that relax the mind, calm the storms and comfort the soul…in minutes. Summer’s bounty yielding well plated simplicity.
- 6oz of golden or red raspberries
- 2-4 tablespoons granulated sugar, depending on sweetness
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 4½ tablespoon golden raspberry syrup
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinaigrette
- 1/2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup Boston butter lettuce, cleaned and dried
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the raspberries to a simmer gently muddling and mashing them as they begin extracting their juices.
- Next, add the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla paste. Bring the syrup to a rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes until thickened.
- Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds and the pulp. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before continuing!
- Whisk the raspberry syrup, Dijon, lemon juice, salt and pepper together in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly incorporate the olive oil, whisking vigorously until a thick vinaigrette forms.
- Pour over a simple Boston butter salad or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Yields 1/3 cup of golden raspberry vinaigrette.
- Balsamic and/or red wine vinaigrette are too strong for this recipe, both in color and taste.
- This also pairs nicely with Pecorino or sharp cheddar cheese bites!