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Amazing Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipes

Amazing Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipes 1 Rating(s)

balsamic vinaigrette recipeIn the stores you will see a million varieties of salad dressing, but there are really two basic types of dressings – vinaigrette and creamy dressings.  It is so easy to make amazing vinaigrette salad dressing recipes at home, we hope these tips and ideas will have you making your own soon, saving both time and money and enjoying wonderfully fresh ingredients with each salad.

There are many variations of vinaigrette and boundless possibilities.  We are going to start off with the Basic Vinaigrette recipe and then provide some variations that will be fun to try.  The recipe makes enough dressing for two large salads, and any leftovers can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to one week (and we’re all about being prepared for the next meal).

Basic Vinaigrette

1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup white wine or red wine vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon table salt)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Shake all of the ingredients together in a container with a tight-fitting lid; serve immediately.

Now for some terrific variations – whether you like fruity, spicy, savory, or crisp, we’ve got you covered with these options.

1. Fruit Vinaigrette

1 tablespoon fruit preserves, jam or jelly
(OR 1/4 cup diced fruit with honey to taste)
fruity vinegar instead of white or red wine vinegar

In the basic vinaigrette, leave out the garlic, use a fruity vinegar (such as passion fruit, mango, raspberry, etc), add the fresh fruit or preserves, and blend well.  This type of vinaigrette is great over a fresh Spinach Salad.

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2. Tomato Vinaigrette

Add 1 small ripe tomato to the basic vinaigrette and blend until desired consistency.

3. Herb Vinaigrette

1 teaspoon dried OR 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs
(Pick just one or a combination of herbs, as desired: cilantro, mint, basil, parsley, dill, marjoram, oregano)

Add the herbs to the basic vinaigrette and mix until blended well.  This type of vinaigrette is delicious with almost any Pasta Salad (toss it with pasta ingredients shortly before serving).

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4. Asian Vinaigrette

Replace olive oil in basic vinaigrette with vegetable oil
Replace white wine vinegar in basic vinaigrette with cider or rice vinegar
Replace salt in basic vinaigrette with 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Combine ingredients above with remaining basic vinaigrette ingredients and shake or blend until thoroughly combined.

5. Lemon Vinaigrette

Replace vinegar in basic recipe with same amount of lemon juice
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Add above ingredients to basic vinaigrette (replacing vinegar with lemon juice) and shake to combine well.

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6. Curry Vinaigrette

1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

Add the above ingredients to the basic vinaigrette and shake to desired consistency.

7. Balsamic Vinaigrette

Replace vinegar in basic vinaigrette with balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey

Add above ingredients to basic vinaigrette recipe (using balsamic vinegar) and shake well until blended.

Do you make salad dressing recipes at home?  If so, what are your favorites, whether vinaigrette or other types?  Do you have any tips or suggestions to share with our members?  We love hearing from you, so please leave us a comment below and share us with a friend if you enjoyed!

June 10th, 2015

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