Now that summer is here, nothing beats a simple lunch of freshly picked baby lettuces tossed with homemade vinaigrette. A straightforward yet well-made vinaigrette is what makes a boring bland salad into a scrumptious one. And it’s probably easier than you think. Follow these easy instructions and have yourself your own homemade dressing in no time.
Paula also likes to use a small smidge of mayonnaise, which also has emulsifying properties. She likes the touch of creaminess it adds to the dressing.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Now that you’ve mastered the simple vinaigrette, try adding a few of these ingredients to make your own unique dressing:
+Try different kinds of citrus or vinegars such as balsamic, red wine, white wine, or apple cider vinegar.
+Fresh chopped herbs like dill, parsley, thyme, or basil
+Minced onion or shallot
+Add a pinch of sugar for a subtle sweetness
+ Add a pinch of spices like cumin or paprika to give your dressing a distinct flavor profile.
SIMPLE LEMON VINAIGRETTE
1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lemon (about 4 tablespoons lemon juice)
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Add Dijon and mayonnaise to a small bowl. Add lemon juice and whisk together. Slowly stream in olive oil while whisking. Continue whisking until emulsified. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
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