Loving Lavender

August 29, 2008 | By | Comments (3)

Salmon2 If all you think of when you hear "lavender" is the color of the walls at your aunt’s house or body care products, you might want to think again.  The aromatic herb lavender is a relative of mint and adds a lovely flavor to a variety of foods. It’s one the herbs used in the blend Herbes de Provence.

I recently sampled the Lavender Vinaigrette and Marinade from Montebello Kitchens and do believe that it’s my new favorite marinade of the year.  It’s often hard to find bottled marinades that aren’t loaded with sugar; this one has no sugar added but is sweetened with organic agave nectar.  It also contains grapeseed oil, which is considered one of the "healthy fats" because it’s high in vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids.

The lavender in this marinade is nice and subtle and not too "perfumy". It’s only slightly sweet, and has a tang from lime juice, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar. You can use it as a marinade for meats, fish, or chicken, or as a dressing on salad or fresh vegetables.

Steven Lynch, the owner of the family-owned Montebello Kitchens, recommended that I use the marinade on either lamb chops or salmon. Generally I find that simple grilled salmon with just a bit of sea salt and freshly ground pepper is hard to beat. But this marinade added a whole new flavor dimension to salmon. I just brushed it over the salmon and let it stand about 10 minutes before broiling. I think I’m in love!   Can’t wait to try it on lamb chops.  I’ll keep you posted.   

COMMENTS

  1. FabFoodFinder

    Have you tried the lavender dressing on mixed berries? Lightly toss it in and eat as is or add vanilla yogurt for a fantastic dessert. Easy! I also like their Citronette on fruit as well as a marinade for chicken and fish and veggies. Very versatile and very yummy.

    August 29, 2008 at 6:54 pm
  2. Anne Cain

    Adding the lavender dressing to fresh berries sounds wonderful! I’ll try that. I have sampled the Citronette and loved it as well. Seems like it would be good on almost anything!

    September 2, 2008 at 8:06 am
  3. HappyEater

    Sure wish I had known about the berries, lavender dressing and vanilla yogurt dessert the other night. Some friends from work came over and I served lamb that had been marinated in lavender dressing and it was wonderful. Really knockout good. The berry dessert would have been the perfect, and well coordinated dessert. Oh well. I had blueberries, lavender dressing and vanilla yogurt for lunch today to drown my sorrow. Seems like a decadent lunch but actually healthy. Love it. Thanks. Any other ideas?

    September 4, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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