Learn to Cook: Basic Vinaigrette

Serves 8

A quick vinaigrette at home is worlds better and usually worlds cheaper than bottled or going out for salad. Plus, substitutions are a breeze.

If you prefer less acidic flavor, balance it by adding a bit of jam, sugar or honey. Make sherry-walnut vinaigrette with: shallot whole grain mustard walnut oil sherry vinegar chervil finely chopped toasted walnuts.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 clove garlic or small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup white or red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs (chives, chervil, parsley or dill)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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Method: 

Put garlic or shallot into a bowl with mustard.

Whisk in vinegar, and then oil.

Stir in herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: 2 tablespoons, 130 calories (130 from fat), 14g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 0g protein
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