Basic Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe
The following recipe for a basic oil and vinegar salad dressing recipe is something which is handy to know because you can make it quickly and it suits various dishes. As you probably already know, oil and vinegar do not mix. If you put both into a jar, the oil, and vinegar will separate. Making vinaigrette means you have to beat, blend, or whisk the oil and vinegar together to form a “temporary emulsion” which means they combine for a short time. This basic French dressing or basic vinaigrette uses the standard three parts oil to one part vinegar ratio. You can use any oil labeled “salad oil” or “vegetable oil” for this basic oil and vinegar salad dressing recipe. Light, neutral-tasting oils like soybean, canola, or safflower oil are also fine.
Optional additions to this recipe include minced white onion, lemon pepper, fresh basil, and Dijon mustard. It is also good served plain, with just the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. This delicious and simple salad dressing recipe can be drizzled over practically any salad or you can use it for dipping bread like the Spanish and Italians do. The best way to test out your easy oil and vinegar dressing recipe is to dip a lettuce leaf into it, shake off the excess and taste. If the flavor is good, your vinaigrette will be good with the whole salad.
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- ¾ cup salad oil
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Blend the white wine vinegar, salad oil, salt and pepper in the blender for 10 seconds or until well mixed.
- Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl and let it stand for 30 minutes so the flavors can combine.
- Whisk and serve.
Oil and vinegar combine perfectly to make a wonderful salad dressing with almost unlimited possibilities. Serve this dressing over mixed salad leaves or over pretty much any salad you like. Our recipe is made with vinegar, salad oil, salt, and pepper. After blending the ingredients the dressing should be allowed to sit for half an hour, to blend and mellow out the flavors to perfection. Use top quality salad oil, extra-virgin olive oil if possible, since this is a main ingredient and the better the oil you use the more delicious the finished salad dressing will be.
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