Today, I brought to you an easy homemade basic vinaigrette dressing for summer salads. Finally, the long and sunny days have arrived and who doesn’t like to enjoy every free moment outside eating a delicious salad bowl with some kind of grilled meat? I do. For this reason, I always have on hand in my fridge a homemade salad dressing to save time in the kitchen and enjoy more of the fresh air outside 😉
I love to make my own salad dressing because when it comes to flavor, homemade salad dressings taste much better than the store bough dressings any time. Another reason why to make your salad dressing is because you can avoid the high sodium and preservatives that come in the bottled options that you find in stores.
Talking about the recipe… Some people don’t like to incorporate garlic into their dressings because they think it tastes very strong, but when you finely mince the garlic, the very small pieces will incorporate easily and spread throughout your dressing and then the taste won’t be as strong. I also like to use whole-wheat mustard because I love the texture of it, but you can use the traditional one too, since it won’t affect the flavor of the dressing. One last thing, because this dressing can easy separate, you must shake or whisk it before serving.
You can store your homemade vinaigrette in a mason jar (covered container) in the fridge for over 3 days. More than that your dressing can go bad since it doesn’t have any preservatives.
- 1 teaspoon clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice or white-wine vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Finely mince a clove of garlic.
- Place in a salad dressing jar with the whole grain Dijon mustard.
- Pour the lemon juice into mixture with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Whisk to combine all the ingredients.
- Slowly pour extra-virgin olive oil, whisking as you go to incorporate.
- Taste to check the seasoning and it is done.
- Enjoy it on your favorite salad.
I hope I inspired you to create your own vinaigrette in your kitchen today.
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