Several months back I took my daughter to the Children's Museum in Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo is a pretty small town so you wouldn't imagine they'd have a cool Children's Museum let alone a SWEET cafeteria that serves gourmet meals. I ordered at a window that reminded me of Mel's Diner from the t.v. show Alice and quite honestly didn't expect much from the salmon salad I ordered. I was happily surprised when my salad arrived. It was loaded with lettuce, salmon, tomatoes, carrots and...a balsamic reduction salad dressing that was TO DIE FOR!!!!! Why don't I come up with idea's like this when I'm cooking?!
The dressing was sharp, but full of HUGE amounts of flavor. It wasn't think like a buttermilk based dressing or runny like a vinaigrette, it was...PERFECT! I have made this recipe a couple of times and it really doesn't do justice to the reduction at the Children's Museum. In the meantime, I'll take it!
1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 garlic clove, crushed
Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan, and add the crushed garlic; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vinegar has reduced to 1/4 cup. Set aside, and cool to room temperature.