Vinaigrette dressing

Vinaigrette dressing

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Makes
190 ml

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons good vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon french mustard
freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil
pinch caster sugar, (optional)

Method

  1. Put vinegar into a small bowl with salt, mustard and pepper. Mix well with a fork or birch whisk, then slowly add oil, beating until mixture thickens slightly. If dressing tastes sharp, add more oil or a pinch of caster sugar. If dressing is too oily for your taste, add more salt – this cuts oiliness. An alternative method is to combine all ingredients in a screwtop jar and shake well until mixture thickens.

Variations

  • Garlic vinaigrette dressing: There are several ways to add garlic to your dressing. If you like a pungent dressing, crush 1–2 cloves garlic to a paste with salt, add vinegar, mustard and pepper and then oil. You can chop garlic and add it to the finished dressing for a more rustic salad. For a more delicate flavour, bruise 1 peeled garlic clove and steep in the vinegar for 1–2 hours. The vinegar brings out a more delicate flavour of the garlic, while oil brings out the strong flavour.

    Mustard vinaigrette dressing: Increase the amount of French mustard to taste, or add 1 teaspoon English mustard instead.

    Fresh herb vinaigrette dressing: When adding herbs to a salad, it is best to sprinkle half of the freshly chopped herbs over the salad, and then add the remaining herbs to the dressing. Tarragon, basil, chives and parsley add their own distinctive flavours. They may be used separately or in combination; 1–2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs is sufficient for this quantity of vinaigrette.

    Chiffonade dressing: To 190 ml vinaigrette dressing, add 2 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped, and 1 tablespoon each finely chopped green olives, onion and parsley. Good on tart salads with chicory, curly endive, etc.
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