Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

It’s the latest trend in our house. I make different vinaigrette’s, they taste great and last for about a week. We eat a salad with almost every dinner so this comes in handy! The best part is that the recipe is super flexible so you could add different vinegars or ingredients to turn out a whole new salad dressing. The variations are suggested below the recipe. What one is your favorite?

balsamic vinaigrette

Ingredients
Source: Martha Stewart Everyday Food
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 T. dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar
3/4 cup olive oil

Directions
1. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and sugar. Add olive oil and whisk until completely combined. Pour over salad, toss, eat! Cover the rest with saran wrap and keep in the fridge.

Variations:

  • For regular vinaigrette: substitute balsamic vinegar for white wine vinegar
  • For blue cheese vinaigrette: use white wine vinegar and add 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, like Roquefort
  • Add 1-2 T. fresh herbs such as parsley, basil or cilantro to any vinaigrette
  • For garlic dressing: use white wine vinegar and add 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • For lemon parmesan: use fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar and add 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan

NOTE: The dressing may congeal a little bit after day two or three in the fridge. Have no fear. Let the dressing come close to room temperature, whisk it all together again and Voila! it’s back to normal.

Voila!

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