03/06/2013

My Favorite Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

When it’s time for salad, there is a clear winner for the dressing – homemade vinaigrette.  It’s fast, easy and provides huge flavors that the store bought stuff just doesn’t compare to.  We usually have some sort of salad for dinner at least 4 times a week and my youngest loves them for lunch which is why I had to figure out how to make it myself.  Low cost with high rewards is what I was looking for and when I came up with this recipe, it was a good day in the kitchen!  I make a double batch of dressing at the beginning of the week and keep it in a mason jar in the fridge till needed. It’s not only perfect on a green salad but also great on pasta, drizzled on fish or on sauteed veggies.  So, just stock up on a few great vinegars buy some olive oil, a whisk and a mason jar…you won’t be sorry!

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
1/4 cup good vinegar  – I use Champagne but sherry or balsamic is fine
2/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 clove garlic – finely minced or 2 teaspoons minced shallots
2 teaspoons honey
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • In a medium bowl, add vinegar, salt, mustard, honey and garlic and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk ingredients until blended.
  • Slowly add the oil in a stream while whisking until an emulsion forms – color of vinaigrette will change to a golden yellow.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning including the oil and vinegar.
  • Can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days – always bring to room temperature before using.
  • My Tip~this dressing can be made by this method – whisking, which provides a very smooth emulsion.  You can also add the ingredients into a jar and shake to blend the flavors.  This will give you a dressing that is not as smooth but still very, very good.
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Comments

  1. mmmm, I love making my own dressing and this one sounds great! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  2. Hey, Donya! This looks delicious! I'm also a big fan of homemade salad dressing, and I haven't tried anything like this before. I'll definitely give it a try.

  3. This looks delicious, Donya! I also love homemade salad dressings, and I haven't tried anything like this before. Might try it for dinner tonight!

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