Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

I've been searching for a good homemade dressing recipe for the past several years. Of all I tried, none were really good or a dressing that both of us really liked.

Back before Christmas, I checked out The Brown Bag Lunch Cookbook from the library. I copied down a number of simple recipes that looked good, among them a Basic Vinaigrette Dressing with many variations.

I haven't tried the basic recipe yet but soon after the first of the year, I mixed up the balsamic variation and we loved it! My husband said, "Now this a keeper!" I've made it several times since then.

This is inexpensive to make, especially if you already keep olive oil and balsamic vinegar on hand, and takes 5 minutes or less to mix up, literally.

I pour all the ingredients into a recycled balsamic vinegar bottle using a funnel, put the lid on and shake.

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Makes 1 cup dressing.

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I use some I bought at Trader Joe's a while back and it is delicious!)
1 tablespoon Dijon or spicy brown mustard
1 small clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in jar. Cover and shake well. Or blend in blender for a longer emulsification.

The recipe states that this is good for 5 days. We've found that it still tastes great after a week or two. Use your own judgment. :-) If using within 5 days, leave out. Otherwise, refrigerate. Bring to room temperature and shake well before using as ingredients with harden and separate.



Serenity Now said...

Do you chop the garlic? or just put it in whole?

Mary Ann said...

Chop or use pre-minced garlic. Sometimes I use garlic powder instead.

Thanks! I'll edit the post.:-)