Sunday, August 25, 2013

Nootka Rose Vinaigrette

Kodiak Nootka Rose

While visiting my amazing friend Andrea (who, BTW, spent the month of July traveling through Mongolia!) in Fairbanks this summer I was intrigued by a hot pink liquid in her window sill. She was soaking wild rose petals in vinegar for future use in salad dressing.  As I headed to work at Saltery Lake Lodge in Kodiak, I knew I would have to do the same, as the entire front lawn of the lodge is covered in blooming pink roses at the end of July.

Kodiak Nootka Rose bud

Once the buds had opened and matured a bit I picked the petals from our bountiful patch. The smell was heavenly!

I soaked the petals in white vinegar for about four days.

Kodiak Nootka rose petalsRose Vinaigrette

Then I strained the petals, which left a gorgeous, fragrant fuchsia vinegar.

Rose Vinaigrette

With the hot pink vinegar I made a basic dressing by whisking together the ingredients below. I'm not sure of the exact amounts; everything was to taste.
  • mild tasting oil (almond or grapeseed)
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice 
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • sweetener (honey, sugar, or stevia)
Our lodge guests loved it! 

Wild Rose Vinaigrette

Question: What is your favorite wild summer flower? 

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