Thursday, April 16, 2009
Vinaigrette Dressing Secrets
In France, while there are the bottled salad dressings in the supermarkets, the most popular, easiest and least expensive salad dressing is the vinaigrette.
Here are the basics to make a great one:
3 Tablespoons Oil (favorites are Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Walnut Oil)
1 Tablespoon of something acidic such as any type vinegar (red wine vinegar being the classic), lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
This is the basic recipe.
Dijon Mustard for a bit of creaminess (the whole grain is great!)
Herbs such as Rosemary, chives (chive flowers are spicy), tarragon, chervil, or get a mixture of Herbes de Provence
Fresh herbs from the garden. I grow lavender, mint, basil, parsley and chives.
I would add these 1/4 teaspoon at a time until I get the flavor and consistency that I want.