Under 30 Minutes

Basic Vinaigrette

Try basic vinaigrette on mixed greens, steamed or boiled vegetables, such as greens beans, asparagus, broccoli, or potatoes.

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  • Yield: Makes 1 cup

Source: Everyday Food, September 2006

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar.

  2. Slowly add oil, whisking until emulsified, or shake the ingredients in a jar, or whirl them in a blender.

Variations

To make different types of vinaigrette, do the following:
Garlic: Add 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 1/2 clove crushed.
Balsamic: Substitute balsamic vinegar for the wine vinegar.
Lemon Parmesan: Use fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar; add 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan.
Scallion: Add 3 chopped whole scallions (about 1/4 cup).
Herb: Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, parsley, or tarragon. Blue Cheese: Add 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, such as Roquefort.

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