Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations

Make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations utilizing basic pantry ingredients and a jar. It's easy, inexpensive, and flexible for all your salad and marinade needs.

Tonight I am teaching a class on “Building a Better Salad” and demo how to make homemade vinaigrette at Natural Grocer’s. I am persistent and passionate about this topic because making vinaigrette at home is SO easy. All you need is 2 basic pantry ingredients and a jar to make a basic vinaigrette, which means you will no longer need the pre-made bottled stuff. I am sure there are great store-bought vinaigrettes but my question is why? If you can make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations (and more), there is absolutely no need + you can control your ingredients. In the long run, it is probably cheaper to make your own vinaigrette and you end up reducing waste that comes from packaging, bottling etc. I hope Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations will add value to your everyday life and find a place in your kitchen.

Make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations utilizing basic pantry ingredients and a jar. It's easy, inexpensive, and flexible for all your salad and marinade needs.

The most basic formula for vinaigrette is the right balance of oil to vinegar, which is often 3:1. Start with your favorite oil as your base like olive, walnut, canola, or avocado. I personally like the flavor of extra virgin olive oil but if you find it to be strong, go with something milder or mix strong flavored oil with mild one to  balance out the flavor.

Make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations utilizing basic pantry ingredients and a jar. It's easy, inexpensive, and flexible for all your salad and marinade needs.

White wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or citrus juice from lemon or limes are some great options to mix in with the oil for vinaigrette. I like vinaigrette little bit on the acidic side so I do little bit more vinegar than classic 3:1 ratio but it is entirely up to you.

Make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations utilizing basic pantry ingredients and a jar. It's easy, inexpensive, and flexible for all your salad and marinade needs.

Once you have figured out the ratio of oil to vinegar, season it with salt and pepper to create a basic vinaigrette. Basic vinaigrette can be made in a large batch as a base and you can add garlic, Italian seasoning, mustard, herbs, honey/agave for sweetness etc to create different variations. I am sharing 3 variations : balsamic vinaigrette, creamy vinaigrette, and Parmesan pepper vinaigrette, all of which are made utilizing the basic vinaigrette recipe.

Make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations utilizing basic pantry ingredients and a jar. It's easy, inexpensive, and flexible for all your salad and marinade needs.

Oil and vinegar are two completely different molecules, which is why they do no mix easily. You can force them to mix by whisking, shaking in a jar, using a blender. It is also helpful to introduce a emulsifier such as garlic, mustard powder, egg yolk, miso etc to  help mix oil and vinegar together easily. 

Make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations utilizing basic pantry ingredients and a jar. It's easy, inexpensive, and flexible for all your salad and marinade needs.

You really can't go wrong with basic vinaigrette. Play with the ratio of oil and vinegar to your liking and adjust last minute seasonings to perfect your basic vinaigrette. Once basic vinaigrette is ready, you can tweak things for a change into balsamic vinaigrette, creamy vinaigrette, or parmesan pepper vinaigrette (recipe included below).

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Make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations utilizing basic pantry ingredients and a jar. It's easy, inexpensive, and flexible for all your salad and marinade needs.

Basic vinaigrette can be left on your counter top for a really long before it goes bad. If you use any other ingredients besides salt and pepper such as garlic, shallots, lemon juice, herbs etc, you should store it in the fridge for 5-7 days. I find creamy ones start to go bad or start separating within 3-5 days.

Make your own Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations utilizing basic pantry ingredients and a jar. It's easy, inexpensive, and flexible for all your salad and marinade needs.

Basic vinaigrette can be used as a salad dressing, to marinate your meat/fish, and well as grilled veggies. Creamy dressing and balsamic can be used a dip for raw veggies as well. 


Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations

Author: Dixya @Food, Pleasure, and Health
Serves: 2-3

Ingredients

  • Basic Vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons vinegar (white, apple cider, red wine)
  • Salt, black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Measure and pour ingredients in a mason jar and shake it vigorously until blended. Alternatively, you can pour ingredients in a bowl and whisk it together. If making a large batch, use a food processor/blender to mix ingredients.

Notes

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt, black pepper

Basic Creamy Vinaigrette

  • 1⁄4 cup basic vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoon plain yogurt, sour cream, or mayonnaise (for vegan, use 1/2 ripe avocado)

Parmesan-Pepper Dressing

  • 1 batch basic creamy vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese 1⁄8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

I hope you will start making your own basic vinaigrette soon and put your own spin to it. Or, pin Basic Vinaigrette with 3 Variations for later!

*I received samples from Rao's (they are known for their awesome tomato sauce but they also make olive oil, vinegar, pasta, marinades etc). I was not compensated for my time or promote them but I want to give them a shoutout because their extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar are made with organic ingredients and made with good quality ingredients from Italy. My friend's Nisha & Parita have both said amazing things about their pasta sauce too, which I need to try very soon.