Easy Basic Vinaigrette…

Do y’all eat a lot of salad? I know that’s a crazy questions to start a conversation, but do you? Honey Bee and I do – pretty much every night with supper we have a garden salad. Fresh produce is becoming more plentiful as our weather warms, which means greens will be more readily available!

I like to try making a variety of salad dressings and vinaigrettes. I’m not a big fan of store bought dressings. I find them to be too sweet, too salty and too sour. Fresh vinaigrettes are simple to make, less expensive than store-bought and you can change them up to your liking – a little more of this, a little less of that.

I always start with olive oil and Modena balsamic vinegar. Here’s a tip…this vinegar can be very pricey. I purchase mine at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx! Both stores have a great gourmet section and i buy it whenever they have it.

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.

The basic recipe is delicious too!

Easy Basic Vinaigrette…

For variations and add-ins to this basic recipe: Dijon mustard - just 2/3 of a tsp makes a tasty french vinaigrette. Fresh chopped herbs like basil thyme or cilantro. For a bit of spice add red pepper flakes or a dollop of your fave hot sauce. Garlic and green onion make for a delicious savory vinegar (Our favorite)

Ingredients

  • 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Yes, That's it!
  • You can use white vinegar, red vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
  • I prefer olive oil but you can also use vegetable oil or canola oil.

Instructions

For easier preparation and clean-up, add the above ingredients to a Mason jar. Shake the jar until the pile and vinegar have emulsified.

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Crushed peppercorns are delicious in the vinaigrette…

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.

…we prefer Italian Sea Salt. It’s lighter tasting than table salt.

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.

 

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.

…adding the olive oil to the jar.

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.

Ready to shake it up!

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.I tripled the recipe so that I can have extra during the week. This will keep in the refrigerator for one week.

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.

This is so good – you will want to eat a salad every night!

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.

 

Easy Basic Vinaigrette...No need to buy store-bought salad dressings! With this basic recipe you can add different seasonings and additives for a wide variety of dressings.

I hope you feel inspired to make a different variety of vinaigrettes – remember they test better than the store-bought stuff and you are in control of the flavor. Let us know your winning combination!

XO~Vicki

Comments

  1. says

    I’ve never tried to make my own salad dressing before but you know what – I think I’ll start this weekend. You always introduce me to brands I’ve never heard of which always makes for an exciting to the store to find “the good stuff.” My salads may never be the same :) Hugs, Coco
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  2. says

    I never thought of looking at TJ Maxx for food!! Lady, you’re just so shopping savvy! That’s a great tip. We love balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a bread dip and, yes, we go through a lot of it. I’m going to have to start making a mason jar full of it! Thanks for the recipe!! Hugs to you both!

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