Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Make your own vinaigrette

Why pay $4.00 for a bottle of vinaigrette when you can make your own for way less super fast! It's really easy. To pair with summer greens, a simple vinaigrette works best to bring out the fresh crisp flavors.

Find a jar with a lid. Mix together oil and vinegar in approximately a 1:1 ratio.

Here instead of vinegar I used freshly squeezed lemon juice for added freshness.

Use a strainer to keep the seeds out of the dressing.

Mix to emulsify the two together.

Here you have your basic base. To this you can add anything you want. I usually add a sweetener to balance the flavor of the vinegar or citrus juice and mustard to give it a little body.

Here I used my homemade pomegranate jelly and a small amount of honey mustard. Shake it again, and your dressing is all ready to go.


allison said...

I am always stealing those apple juice bottles from the kids I nanny for. They are perfect for making, storing, and serving salad dressing.

Unknown said...

i love making vinaigrette!
i put the vinegar/juice in the jar first, then add a little salt (and any other dissolve-able ingredients) and swirl it around to let it dissolve - if you add the salt later it won't dissolve in the oil. then all the other ingredients go in.

andrea, i miss you, and i miss your awesome parties. it's just not the same out here!