Homemade French Vinaigrette

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You are sure to impress with this delicious homemade French Vinaigrette salad dressing! This recipe is one I learned during my cooking class at Laguna Culinary Arts and it is seriously the BEST thing ever. It is so yummy and surprisingly easy to make. I have made this dressing in double batches and saved the extra in the fridge to use for the rest of the week and it tastes just as good the next day!

Here's what you'll need:

2 Tablespoons vinegar of your choice (I have made it with red wine vinegar and also with champagne
vinegar.... you can also use sherry vinegar if you want)
1-3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
6 tablespoons olive oil (I actually used canola oil because olive oil tenders to solidify in the fridge, which I didn't want since i was making enough for the whole week)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In a mixing bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk to blend well.

While whisking, gradually add the olive oil (or canola, if you choose)in a stream. Whisk continually.

**Quick tip: Since you need both hands for this step,
 if you are using a bowl that doesn't have a lip on the bottom to keep from sliding around the counter, 
twist a dish towel up and wrap around the base of the bowl. This will hold the bowl in place, freeing both hands to whisk and pour.**

Adjust seasoning to taste. Toss with 6 cups of greens.

**Another quick tip: To tone down the bite from the vinegar, 
you can add a tiny bit of honey. The honey neutralizes the bitter vinegar taste.**

Hope you all go try this tasty recipe and enjoy it as much as I do!


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