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Incapable of making a salad dressing!

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Thatsnotmybody Tue 09-Jan-18 18:02:59

Trying to eat more fruit and veg, usual thing. Made a lovely big salad to go with lunch and tried to make a salad dressing - olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and a bit of mustard. Somehow always comes out both sour and bland. Hate the shop bought ones because they're so sweet. What am I doing wrong??? Help please!

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LadyPenelopeCantDance Tue 09-Jan-18 18:10:51

Balsamic glaze is your friend. Doesn’t need anything else!

8FencingWire Tue 09-Jan-18 18:13:25

I put garlic, olive oil, mustard seeds and balsamic vinegar. Give it a good good shake. It’s good immediately afger preparing, the next day is even better.

Wh0KnowsWhereTheT1meG0es Tue 09-Jan-18 18:18:15

What oil and vinegar did you use? I use sunflower and white wine, 4tbsp vinegar to 150mL oil with 2-3 teaspoons Dijon mustard and freshly ground salt and pepper. It’s easy to adjust after tasting.

JellyTeapot Tue 09-Jan-18 18:19:39

Two parts extra virgin olive oil to one part vinegar (balsamic, red wine, white wine , sherry etc), add salt, pepper and a good dollop of mustard to thicken, give it all a thorough shake in an old jam jar. Never fails!

Nemesia Tue 09-Jan-18 18:34:54

I use sesame oil and soy sauce with a squeeze of lime juice.

Thatsnotmybody Tue 09-Jan-18 19:58:19

Great ideas, thanks. Think I'm using the wrong vinegar (malt) and putting too much in, about 50/50 with the oil. Will experiment with the ideas above!

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MsHippo Tue 09-Jan-18 21:58:11

The simplest answer is posh wine or cider vinegar! I by heinously expensive red wine vinegar which is delicious alone. Generally I just dress with a slosh of that, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper straight into the salad and it's very nice.

MsHippo Tue 09-Jan-18 22:50:12


bombcyclone Tue 09-Jan-18 22:58:12

It's a nightmare unless you mix things in the proper order. Then it's a breeze.

Vinegar (white wine) and mustard (Dijon) first. Whisked together well.

Then, bit by bit, the oil (I use olive), whisking vigorously as you add and slowing/stopping if it starts to separate.

It will emulsify and be lovely if you don't go too quickly with the oil. Truly.

Always thought it was a great mystery. But it's a snap once you get the hang of it.

BigRoundGlasses Tue 09-Jan-18 23:14:48

I do a ratio of 5:1 olive oil: vinegar which is what Delia Smith recipe says I think and balsamic vinegar best IMO smile

Sillybilly1234 Tue 09-Jan-18 23:35:00

Buy Paul Newman's salad dressing. It is the best and not sweet. I normally pour off some of the oil first so more sharp and less fatty / oily.

Also some money goes to charity whenever you buy it.

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