Vinaigrettes are absolutely key to bringing a salad, veggies and meats to life … they bring the bite and punch! While vinaigrettes are some of the easiest dressings to mix up, it’s important to take care to execute them correctly — from achieving the perfect balance between acid (citrus and/or vinegar) and fat (oil) to dressing salads at just the right moment (and that’s most often at the table just before everyone digs in). Before branching out into delicious honey dijon and lemon-caper vinaigrettes (don’t worry, they are here and are dead easy too), let’s nail the basic vinaigrette:
You have our word, once you give all of these vinaigrettes a go, you’ll have them locked in your repertoire for a long time to come and they’ll come in handy all the time. Plus, having a few vinaigrettes to pull out of your sleeve at any given moment lifts your home cook game to the next level. People are impressed by a homemade dressing served up with a side of confidence — and creativity! Curtis’ cherry vinaigrette anyone? Give any/all of these a try, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Balsamic Vinaigrette (Recipe Here)
In a blender, blend together 1 chopped shallot, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 chopped garlic clove and 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar until very finely chopped. Then, add in 2 more tablespoons Balsamic vinegar and blend until smooth. With the blender on slow, slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup grapeseed oil, and then season with salt and pepper.
Red Wine Vinaigrette (Video Here)
This vinaigrette uses beautiful Italian ingredients but can easily add flavour to a Greek salad or steak and potatoes. To begin, pour 3 tablespoons chopped shallots, 2 finely chopped garlic cloves and a tablespoon or 2 of dried oregano into a bowl. Mix them together, and add 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar. Continue to mix while gradually pouring in 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil. To finish, add some salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette (Recipe Here)
This vinaigrette goes great with any Mediterranean salad, chicken or fish dish. Start off by whisking together 2 tablespoons shallots, zest from one lemon, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon capers, 1 tablespoon peperoncini, 1 tablespoon parsley and 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar in a bowl. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Honey Dijon Vinaigrette (Video Here)
To make this flavourful dressing, sprinkle a bit of beautiful fresh thyme into a bowl (just use a little because thyme is very strong). Next, add 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon honey for sweetness. Mix the mixture together, and then add in 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar. Mix again, and then add in 1 cup olive oil to mellow the vinaigrette out, while continuing to circle the bowl with a whisk. Finally, add some salt and freshly ground black pepper and stir the sauce for a few seconds before pouring over chicken, salad or avocado.