KIEV, UKRAINE - 2018/06/06: Bottle of Campari, an alcoholic liqueur containing herbs and fruit (including chinotto and cascarilla), invented in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy. (Photo by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Why You Should Try Adding Campari To Salad Dressing
By Cristine Struble
Referred to as “Red Passion” by its brand, Campari is a liquor with a distinct bitter flavor that hasn’t changed since the 1860s and is at the heart of the classic Negroni recipe. Given that many people are currently swooning over the traditional Italian liquor, some cooks are looking to explore its versatility by adding it to food, including salad dressing.
Chef Francis Mallmann spoke about using the liquor in a salad dressing for his Campari salsa to highlight the contrasting flavors that can challenge a palate. By combining Campari with grapefruit and rosemary, the salsa tops a roasted cabbage dish, bringing bold bitterness, subtle sweetness, and intense flavors together for a rich experience.
Mallmann added that other foods could also benefit from the Campari salsa, such as other roasted vegetables like asparagus or grilled arugula and various hearty game meat. The flavors of the Campari salsa are meant to challenge the palate, giving the dressing an unforgettable yet far-from-subtle taste.