Elevate your culinary creations with this easy-to-make Classic Vinaigrette, a versatile dressing that enhances the flavors of salads, serves as a marinade for meats, and adds a delightful touch to various dishes.
A Note About Vinegar and Their Flavor:
Go Bold with Balsamic
Balsamic vinegar is my go-to for this recipe.
It creates a sweeter but bold dressing.
It works great for fruit and salads.
Punch It Up with Red Wine Vinegar
This vinegar picks up the bold flavors of tomatoes, bell peppers, and more.
Mellow Out with White Wine Vinegar
If looking for something more mellow as a dressing option, use White Wine Vinegar.
It is a delicate option for cucumbers, salads with spring greens, and more.
Simplicity at Its Best with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a sweet and tangy option.
It is less bold but still offers the best flavor palate.
Basic Vinaigrette Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: Approximately 12 servings (1 tablespoon each)
1/2 cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoon Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
This carefully crafted vinaigrette boasts a harmonious blend of ingredients to create a well-balanced flavor profile:
- Olive Oil: Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, olive oil adds a luscious and smooth texture to the vinaigrette. Its fruity undertones contribute a robust depth to the overall flavor.
- Vinegar: The acidic punch of vinegar not only imparts a tangy zest but also acts as a natural preservative. Choose your favorite type – red wine, white wine, or balsamic – to customize the vinaigrette to your taste.
- Dijon Mustard: This emulsifying agent provides a subtle heat and a hint of mustardy sharpness. It also helps bind the ingredients together for a cohesive dressing.
- Sugar: Balancing the acidity, sugar adds a touch of sweetness, smoothing out the vinaigrette’s edges without overwhelming the palate.
- Minced Garlic: Introducing a pungent aroma and robust taste, garlic elevates the vinaigrette with its savory notes.
- Salt and Pepper: These pantry staples are the unsung heroes, enhancing the overall flavor by bringing out the nuances in each ingredient.
Basic Vinaigrette Recipe Directions:
Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until sugar dissolves.
For easier prep, you can add all ingredients to a salad dressing bottle and shake.
- For a quicker preparation process, consider using a salad dressing bottle. Simply add all the ingredients, secure the lid, and shake vigorously until well combined.
- Experiment with different types of vinegar to tailor the vinaigrette to your taste preferences. Each variety imparts a unique character to the dressing.
1. Can I store the vinaigrette?
- Yes, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Shake well before each use.
2. Can I substitute olive oil with another oil?
- While olive oil provides a distinct flavor, you can experiment with other oils like avocado or grapeseed for different taste profiles.
3. Can I make this vinaigrette ahead of time?
- Absolutely! Prepare it in advance and refrigerate until needed. The flavors often intensify over time, enhancing the overall taste.
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- 3 Tablespoon Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper