Balsamic Vinaigrette

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WHAT'S SPECIAL
What sets our Balsamic Vinaigrette apart is its harmonious blend of quality balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and a medley of aromatic herbs and seasonings. The careful balance of acidity, sweetness, and savory undertones creates a dressing that not only enhances the flavors of your salads but also serves as a versatile marinade or dip.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Born in the heart of Mediterranean cuisine, this vinaigrette adds a burst of sophistication to your greens, transforming everyday salads into great culinary experience.
Enjoy the simplicity of this perfect balsamic vinaigrette.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 1 cup

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 whisk

Ingredients
  

  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup) -optional
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp dried herbs (such as oregano, basil, or thyme)

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl or jar, combine the balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, honey or maple syrup (if using), salt, pepper, and dried herbs.
  • Slowly whisk or shake in the extra virgin olive oil until the dressing is well-emulsified and has a smooth consistency.
  • Taste the vinaigrette and adjust the seasonings or sweetness according to your preferences.
  • Let the vinaigrette sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Shake or whisk the vinaigrette before each use, and drizzle it over your favorite salads or use it as a delightful marinade.

Notes

  1. Quality Ingredients: Invest in high-quality balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor. The quality of these ingredients significantly impacts the final taste of the vinaigrette.
  2. Emulsification: Whisking the ingredients vigorously or using a jar with a lid helps emulsify the dressing, creating a smooth and well-blended texture.
  3. Flavor Infusion: Let the vinaigrette sit for a while before serving to allow the flavors to meld. This resting period enhances the overall taste.
  4. Versatility: Experiment with different herbs, such as basil, thyme, or oregano, to customize the vinaigrette based on your preferences or the specific dish you're preparing.
  5. Storage: Store any leftover vinaigrette in an airtight container in the refrigerator (up to 3 weeks). Bring it to room temperature and shake or whisk before using.
  6. Use as a Marinade: This vinaigrette doubles as a fantastic marinade for meats, poultry, or vegetables, infusing them with rich flavor before grilling or roasting.
Keyword Dairy free, gluten free, Italian dressing, Salad dressing, Vinaigrette

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