Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

Last week I went to a local downtown farmers market and was delighted by this delicious find from Winter Park Honey.

Blackberry Honey from Winter Park Honey on Amanda's Apron

I always buy local, raw honey, and usually it’s an orange blossom flavor or tupelo. I had never tried blackberry honey before! It is so unique, yummy, and I highly recommend it. It, along with my other market purchases inspired me to make a farmers market salad. And of course, every good salad needs a delicious homemade dressing!

Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe from Amanda's Apron

Tangy Vinaigrette Chopped Salad

Years ago I cruised to the Bahamas with my husband and some close friends.  While ashore, we dined in the Atlantis Hotel at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill restaurant.  I fell in food-love!  Not only was the restaurant gorgeous itself, but the food presentation and flavor was unlike anything I’d ever seen or tasted.  Perhaps this would be a good time to mention that the small town I live in only has a Chili’s and an Outback….ahem.  Moving on.  I loved the style of food at the Mesa Grill which is perfectly described as “explosive flavor from the southwestern kitchen.”  I could eat quesadillas every day, so when I ordered the Smoked Black Bean & Corn Quesadilla with Avocado and Toasted Garlic Creme Fraiche I was in quesadilla Heaven.  The way Chef Flay combines spicy chilies with sweet notes in his food instantly made me a fan.  I talked about it so much that one Christmas, my sweet mother & father-in-loves (yeah, better than in-laws!) bought me the Mesa Grill cookbook!  I was ecstatic!

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