I have always assumed I needed to buy bottled salad dressing. Prior to maybe 2 years ago, I had never seen anyone make homemade dressing. It was an anomaly to me. I didn’t know if it was complicated or easy, delicious or disgusting. Just like homemade pasta sauce, I assumed it was best to leave these matters to the experts. Silly me. I had no idea how simple and tasty homemade dressing would be.
Every time I serve this dressing to a guest, someone asks for the recipe. Without exception. And here’s the best part: it only takes about 2 minutes from start to finish. I mean, in the time it takes you to check your Instagram feed, you could have homemade vinaigrette.
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I use golden. But you can use dark also. I’ve also made it with white wine vinegar and champaign vinegar. Heck, you can use any kind of vinegar you want! The world is your oyster.)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp raw honey (optional)
a pinch of salt
a few grinds of pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a medium sized bowl, add everything except the olive oil. Whisk until well-combined.
Slowly, drizzle the olive oil. Like, super-duper slowly. Whisk constantly as you drizzle. Don’t rush this–it’s where the magic happens.
Dip a piece of lettuce into the dressing to taste. If it’s too bland, add a little more salt, pepper, or Italian seasoning. If it’s too tart, add a little more honey or oil.
I store this in the fridge, because of the dijon. But I need to remove it about 30 minutes prior to serving, because olive oil solidifies when it’s too cold. If you live life on the edge, store at room temp.
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- ½ cup balsamic vinegar (you can use any variety you like here)
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp raw honey (to taste, you can omit if you don't want sugar in there)
- pinch of salt
- a few grinds of pepper
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together everything except the oil, until it's completely combined
- Drizzle olive oil into combined mixture very slowly, whisking constantly.
- Dip a piece of lettuce into the dressing to taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.