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Basic Vinaigrette Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Liz Becker

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of sugar
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:
Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar.

Slowly add oil, whisking until emulsified, or shake the ingredients in a jar, or whirl them in a blender.



Variations

To make different types of vinaigrette, do the following:
Garlic: Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 1/2 clove crushed.
Balsamic: Substitute balsamic vinegar for the wine vinegar.
Lemon Parmesan: Use fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar; add 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan..
Herb: Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, parsley, or tarragon. Blue Cheese: Add 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, such as Roquefort.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
You know when you're at an Italian restaurant and there's a bowl of olive oil with a little floating pool of balsamic vinegar in it for you to dip your bread in? That's basically salad dressing that hasn't been whisked. Once you know the basics, you can truly make any salad dressing recipe, and the basics are:

The ratio is more or less 1 part acid to 3 parts oil. Acid means vinegar or lemon juice, usually.

You start with acid then whisk in oil.

 

 

 

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