Raspberry vinaigrette makes me think of my first job. I filed documents and was the back-up receptionist in a corporate office. The company wasn’t huge when I started there. Later I found out that I was hired at the end of a merger with only a few key positions moving to Chicago, while the rest of the employees would lose their jobs. This explained the stressed out people and empty cubicles.
I met all types of people while I was there, like the petite blonde that was obsessed with the McRib sandwich and the overworked payroll manager that buzzed around the office like a hummingbird. I took Mavis Beacon speed typing tests during my lunch hour and sometimes printed photos of my favorite actors and pro tennis players to tape to my bedroom door at home. The refrigerator was full of free drinks. I was like Hannah from Girls when she found the free snacks at GQ. I had so many Snapple peach iced teas that summer. On one spectacular Friday, my boss was asked to pick up lunch for an executive meeting and she asked for my help getting the lunch spread ready. We were rewarded with the same lunch for ourselves. It was a beautiful green salad with grilled chicken and raspberry vinaigrette. We didn’t get to eat until everything was all cleaned up, so we were hungry when we dug in.
I remember sitting in that conference room after everyone had left and declaring that raspberry vinaigrette the best dressing I’d ever tasted. It wasn’t a watery dressing that expected all of the raspberry flavor to come from raspberry vinegar. It tasted like raspberries! There was actual evidence of raspberries! It was thick and creamy, too. I’ve thought about that dressing often and the memory is vivid, yet, I hadn’t thought to make it myself. Until now. I’m glad raspberry vinaigrette is back in my life and it’s another naturally pink food I can adore. This raspberry basil vinaigrette is perfect for any salad, especially when it’s too hot to cook. You can taste the fresh raspberries and that hint of summer basil, too. The consistency is dreamy. Pour it over your favorite salad greens. Add roasted chicken or salmon for a heartier meal, if you like.