Oil and vinegar dressing is known as a vinaigrette. The trick to making the perfect vinaigrette is to know just how much of each ingredient to mix together for a balanced combination. The general rule of thumb is to mix three parts oil to one part vinegar, but the measurements of all ingredients can be altered to suit taste and preference.
The basics of oil and vinegar dressing
It's best to buy extra virgin olive oil to use in your vinaigrette. It has many health benefits and the ability to compliment the flavour of any meal. Almost, any type of vinegar can be mixed with your oil, but balsamic vinegars are a popular choice as the acidity level makes for a delicious salad dressing. You can also use cider, herb, fruit or wine varieties.
Herbs, spices, citrus juices, sea salt, black pepper, honey and even hot sauce is commonly added to vinaigrette to enhance the flavour. Experimenting with all of the options available is half the fun.
A simple vinaigrette recipe
Recipe Make a simple vinaigrette dressing while you are preparing dinner. Don't wait until the last minute, because the salad dressing will need to sit for at least an hour in order to blend the flavour well. Whisk together 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and 1/4 cup vinegar of your choice until thoroughly mixed. You can add sea salt, freshly ground, cracked black pepper, your choice of fresh herbs, spices, or any other ingredients you'd like at this time. The amount of each depends entirely on your own taste. You may have to play with your measurements a few times before you get the best mix. Now, it is time to let the mixture sit until dinner is ready. Shake well and pour over the salad when dinner is ready. Toss the salad well and serve. Oil and vinegar salad dressing can be served on many types of salads any time of year. Serve your vinaigrette on garden salads, simple greens, cucumber salad, or any type of pasta salad you desire. Tips Using the best quality oil and vinegar available is vital to make a great dressing. Choose fresh herbs and spices if you will be adding them for maximum flavour and be sure that all ingredients are at room temperature when you use them.