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Who Else Likes Ginger?

GInger Maple Vinaigrette

I have been in love with organic ginger for the last year. It all started when I was visiting Kensington Market and stopped by the Urban Herbivore. It was one of those cold winter days and I wanted some thing healthy and HOT, so I ordered some organic ginger tea. I watched them grind up the fresh ginger and then add some hot water. I loved this drink so much that I went out and bought some fresh organic ginger and then made the drink at home!

Often I just didn’t have organic ginger available and bought the normal ginger from the grocery store. Let me tell you – ITS NOT THE SAME. I will now ONLY buy organic ginger. I love how intense the flavor is – it’s not even on the same planet as the non organic ginger.

Lets discuss: organic vs non organic:

organic: stronger flavor, less water, you need less, costs more, not available at your local grocery store

non organic: flavor is not as strong, you need more, costs less,

The brand I usually pick up has a lovely recipe on the back and I FINALLY decided to try it. (took me long enough).

Here’s what you need for Ginger Maple Vinaigrette:

2 inch piece of organic ginger chopped

1 med organic garlic clove, minced

1 med shallot, minced

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 cup olive oil


In a blender combine all the ingredients except olive oil and blend until smooth.

On the lowest setting, pour olive oil until emulsified. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Use as a dressing or marinade and store for up to 2 weeks in a refrigerator.

I encourage everyone to:  a) pick up some organic ginger b) try the above dressing c) or try making fresh ginger tea.

Funny, as I type this blog post I’m thinking of ginger ice cream, ginger cookies, gingerbread latte, dipped ginger in chocolate. Who else has any ideas what to make with ginger?

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4 Responses to “Who Else Likes Ginger?”

  1. November 2nd, 2011 at 04:21 | #1

    Love my ginger too.

    That looks delicious!

    Btw one can buy organic ginger at local grocery store.
    Look in organic section.
    I agree 100% that it does not taste the same as reg ginger.

    But doesn’t that go for all veggies? For me, yes.

  2. November 2nd, 2011 at 04:49 | #2

    I LOVE ginger. I use it liberally in all my Asian cooking (curries, chinese stir-fries, Thai curries, etc). It’s also great in pancakes, waffles, and muffins. I also created a chocolate-ginger fudge recipe that is out of this world!

  3. November 2nd, 2011 at 07:08 | #3

    About 10 years ago I had a really bad migraine and my girlfriend came over and made me ginger tea. It was the only thing I could keep down and I have been sold on it ever since. Your vinaigrette looks great, I will try it

  4. November 9th, 2011 at 09:09 | #4

    I find organic ginger seems to mould faster but I do love it. I use ginger in my smoothies.

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