This week on DAM Good Drinks we are going to show you how to repurpose your favorite hard cider as a salad dressing! I love making homemade salad dressings and I think they make a great impression on any guest. I still have not mastered a ranch that I prefer over Hidden Valley Ranch but one day with lots of love and practice I will create my perfect recipe.

Last week we reviewed Golden State Cider so this week we turned their Mighty Dry Cider into a honey orange cider vinaigrette! Steves A Cooking┬ácider vinaigrette recipe is so simple and fun. Maybe I’m the only one who finds reducing a sauce exciting….does anyone else find a certain cooking process fun? For example, Devin loves to BBQ and seeing the grill marks after the first flip.

Reducing the sauce removes all the alcohol from the hard cider so you are left with all the yummy flavors and sugars. We paired the Cider Vinaigrette with a roasted butternut squash steak salad with herbed goat cheese! Easy dinner and I hope you all enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

Cider Vinaigrette (We doubled the recipe for leftovers)

3/4 cup hard apple cider (we used

1/4 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon minced shallots

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (we used golden)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste.

Salad

2 cups of chopped butternut squash

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Crumbled herbed goat cheese (to taste)

Grilled Steak

Salt and pepper to taste.

RECIPE

Cider Vinaigrette

Bring cider, juice, and honey to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook 10 minutes or until reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Pour into a medium bowl and let cool slightly. Add shallots, vinegar, Dijon salt and pepper stir with a whisk. Gradually add the olive oil stirring constantly with a whisk. Set aside.

Salad

Preheat oven to 400F. Toss chopped butternut squash with oil, salt, pepper and chili powder. Bake butternut squash on baking sheet for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Grill the steak and let rest. Slice against the grain. Crumble goat cheese on top and toss with homemade cider salad dressing!