As we head into the New Year, this basic vinaigrette recipe is a great addition to salads, as a marinade for meats and more.
It is an olive oil-based dressing. Try using flavored vinegar for a twist on the basic recipe.
My family prefers this easy vinaigrette recipe over the store-bought brands. I like that it is so simple to make so we never run out. This recipe has a shelf-life in the refrigerator for two weeks. It offers only goodness, no preservatives, and whisks together in about 5 minutes.
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
Looking for something more mellow as a dressing option, use White Wine Vinegar. It is delicate and a great 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 of the flavor palate.
Basic Vinaigrette Recipe Ingredients
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
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.