Making Basic Vinaigrette Dressing
When you think of salad dressing, think of different aromas and flavours combined that brings the best to a delicious healthy salad. Furthermore this basic vinaigrette dressing can be turned into so much more than just a dressing.
In addition an unlimited amount of salad dressings, marinades and vinaigrettes can be created in no time at all. Use the vinaigrette as a base for cold sauces and various dips by adding ingredients for example, dairy free cottage cheese or homemade vegan sour cream or just your favorite blend of spices and herbs.
The Vitamix Power Blender is certainly a great asset to have in your kitchen, you can create a feast in no time. The Vitamix Power Blender is world-renowned for its vinaigrette capability to slow blend, unlike any other blender. You can create endless recipes from nutrient rich juices to dips & purees, soups, smoothies, ice cream, vinaigrette and a whole lot more with a Vitamix Power blender.
When making a vinaigrette, stay within the 3:1 or 4:1 oil and water ratio and play by adding different ingredients and flavours. You will be surprised what you’re able to make.
Implements and Equipment:
- Power Blender (when using a Vitamix it is preferable to use the 0,9lt jug)
- Measuring spoons and cups
Ingredients (With your 0.9Lt Vitamix Jug OR any Standard 2Lt Jug):
- Red wine vinegar, or vinegar of your choice
- Dijon-style mustard
- Ground black pepper
- Salt, optional
- Extra virgin olive oil
Create your own very delicious vinaigrette at the comfort of your own home with the blends you truly enjoy.
Chef’s Notes on making basic vinaigrette:
- Vinaigrette can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
- Try oregano, sage, and dill for a fresh herb blend, but any blend will work in this basic vinaigrette.
- For an even better vinaigrette dressing, add a half cup of your favourite herbs after you’ve drizzled in the oil.
When you feel like spicing up your basic vinaigrette, here are a few additional options to use or add to the basic vinaigrette recipe.
Apple cider vinegar gives you a sweet – tangy taste with a slight hint of an apple taste.
Red wine vinegar works great with bright veggies and packs a punch in a dressing.
Balsamic vinegar makes a slightly sweet but bold dressing for green salad that includes fruit.
White wine vinegar is especially nice with more delicate flavors and is a more mellow vinegar.
If you like a Nutty taste try this delicious Nutty Vinaigrette: ½ cup olive oil; 3 tbsp., balsamic, or good wine vinegar; ¼ cup almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pecans, or walnuts, 1 clove garlic. Blend all ingredients in your Power Blender in the order listed.
Would you rather have that strong umami (“essence of deliciousness”) taste? Then try the Soy Vinaigrette dressing: ½ cup good-quality vegetable oil; 1 tsp sesame oil, or to taste; 3 tbsp or more rice vinegar or lemon or lime juice; tbsp. soy sauce. Blend all ingredients in your Power Blender in the order listed.
Try an aromatic pairing that surely does work well with each other (Tomato-basil vinaigrette): ½ cup olive oil; 2 tbsp. or more good wine vinegar; ¼ cup chopped, seeded fresh tomato; 3tbsp. chopped fresh basil. Blend all ingredients in your Power Blender in the order listed.
When using your blender, ensure that you use enough ingredients to cover the blades.