How to Make a Vinaigrette

Making a vinaigrette or salad dressing is more technique than recipe. Once you know the basics, you’re free to mix up the ingredients (pun intended) to suit your tastes.

Vinaigrettes consist of a fat and an acid. The fat is typically oil, but for creamier dressings mayonaise, sour cream or plain yogurt are excellent options. Acids include vinegars and citrus juices like orange, lemon and lime. Oil and vinegar don’t play well together naturally, so they’re whisked together temporarily, or emulsified, just before they’re used. A little dry or prepared mustard will help them come together. Herbs, spices, honey, sugar, minced garlic or shallots will give your dressing added flavor.

How to Make a Vinaigrette

To make a basic vinaigrette, combine one tablespoon of vinegar with one teaspoon of mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually add three tablespoons of oil in a steady stream until the oil and vinegar combine. Add to your salad greens, toss and serve.

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Practice your technique with these tasty salad recipes:

Arugula, Blood Orange & Blue Cheese Salad

Spinach & Cantaloupe Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Spinach & Mixed Greens with Bacon, Tomatoes & Blue Cheese

Mixed Greens with Dried Cherries, Goat Cheese & Cherry Vinaigrette

Tomato, Caper & Shallot Salad

Corn, Tomato & Herb Salad

Celery & Apple Salad

Black Eyed Pea Salad

Grilled Peaches with Goat Cheese Salad

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