Basic Vinaigrette Dressing With Variations

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 145


2 cider vinegar to 3 tablespoons or lemon juice or a combination
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard or 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
6 to 8 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil or a combination


In a small bowl, whisk vinegar or lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in oil.

Or, combine vinegar or lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper in a covered jar and shake vigorously until well combined add oil and shake until blended.

Note: Proportions of ingredients can be varied to suit your taste.

1. One clove minced garlic added to the basic dressing or any of the variations gives a robust flavor. Or, add a crushed clove of garlic and allow dressing to stand for an hour or more. Remove garlic just before serving.

2. One tablespoon minced shallot or green onion is a delicious addition for serving over mixed greens or citrus fruits.

3. Fresh or dried herbs added in proportions you want give an opportunity to experiment. Fresh minced parsley, chives, basil or mint are some suggestions... Start with 1 tablespoon. Use 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried Italian herb seasoning or dill weed for a different flavor.

4. Toasted sesame seeds add an interesting flavor to the basic dressing. Try adding 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds and 1 teaspoon soy sauce and toss with strips of cooked meats or cheese.

5. For a French Dressing, add 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar to the basic dressing.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 145
Calories from Fat: 144

This Basic Vinaigrette Dressing With Variations recipe is from the Summer Salads Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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