Friday, September 19, 2008

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Template

1 Cup oil
1/4 cup acid (vinegar, citrus juice)
1 Tbsp mustard
Seasonings of choice
Optional sweetener of choice
salt and pepper

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This basic recipe can be used to create hundreds of different types of dressings. The mustard is there as an emulsifier and to give it texture, though it can be left out if desired.

Oils: olive oil, walnut oil, almond oil, peanut oil, macadamia nut oil, corn oil.

Acids: red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, fruit vinegars, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice

Mustards: Dijon, grainy, honey mustard (to make a honey mustard dressing, increase mustard to 1/2 cup and decrease oil to 1/2 cup)

Seasonings: The sky's the limit here. Any and all herbs or spices, garlic, shallots, vegetables, fruits

Sweeteners: honey, agave nectar, sugar, Splenda

Examples:

Honey Lime Dressing

1 cup light olive oil (or any light oil - I always have olive oil on hand)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp honey mustard
1/2 small shallot
2 Tbsp honey


Basic Vinaigrette

1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp grainy mustard
1-2 cloves garlic


Balsamic vinaigrette

1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp grainy mustard
1-2 cloves garlic

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