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Can someone please tell me how to make a salad dressing?

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MirandaGoshawk Mon 25-Jul-11 21:55:45

Just the oil & vinegar one would be great. Mine always tastes foul. I've got nice olive oil but is bogstandard vinegar OK? My lot don't like balsamic. Have tried using a slosh of wine but still not right. Do I have to buy wine vinegar?

Thanks in advance.

AgentProvocateur Mon 25-Jul-11 22:09:39

4 parts oil, one part vinegar, teaspoon of mustard - put all in a screwtop jar and shake. That's the basic recipe. You can add lemon juice, or pomegranate syrup, or sesame oil...

AgentProvocateur Mon 25-Jul-11 22:10:49

Sorry - I'd use cider vinegar or balsamic. Normal vinegar is a bit "raw".

bibbitybobbityhat Mon 25-Jul-11 22:11:01

You need red or white wine vinegar, and less of it than you think. I do six parts oil to one part vinegar.

Collision Mon 25-Jul-11 22:11:45

lime juice and oil with salt and pepper makes a nice tangy dressing.

Cleverything Mon 25-Jul-11 22:12:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 25-Jul-11 22:13:38

5 tablespoons of good olive oil, 1 tablespoon of wine or cider vinegar, salt and black pepper is the basic vinaigrette. You could use malt vinegar but it will be very harsh. If you haven't got any other vinegar, add more oil and a pinch of sugar.

You can add mustard, garlic, chopped shallots if you like.

Flossbert Mon 25-Jul-11 22:14:17

Dh is a frenchie, and the dressing he always makes is equal parts Dijon mustard and malt vinegar and probably about four times as much sunflower oil. Doesn't sound all that French to me, but tastes lully!


MirandaGoshawk Mon 25-Jul-11 22:26:58

Wow, thanks all - lots to go on there! I will try with sunflower oil (not so strong tasting as olive, presumably?) It looks as if I'll be investing in some wine or cider vinegar. And some limes!

Thanks once again.

mathanxiety Tue 26-Jul-11 05:04:04

I use olive oil or sunflower oil, plus cider vinegar (more oil than vinegar) S&P, a little Dijon, a pinch or two of sugar.

I make another dressing that is just basically sunflower oil and s&p with a little shake of cider vinegar, over tomatoes, cucumbers, chopped onions and red peppers, a recipe of a Russian friend.

Othersideofthechannel Tue 26-Jul-11 06:02:43

I use olive oil, wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and a squirt of runny honey. I use more vinegar than others on this thread, 2/3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and the honey takes away the sharpness.

porpoisefull Tue 26-Jul-11 06:28:17

Dijon mustard is probably the best to use (the mustard helps keep the oil and vinegar from separating completely). I sometimes use wholegrain mustard, or alternatively put a garlic clove in, squish a bit with a fork, then take it (or the broken up bits) out again for a hint of garlic. Olive oil is good, and one recipe I have uses walnut oil which is also very nice.

MirandaGoshawk Tue 26-Jul-11 22:49:35

I tried using sugar once and DH complained - didn't like it. Honey & mustard have been OK but not anything as nice as bought dressings. I think my problem has been that the cheapo vinegar I've been using is too harsh. Have bought some white wine vinegar today & will give it a go.

Thanks to you all for your 'secrets'!

titferbrains Tue 26-Jul-11 22:56:35

Best to add a pinch of sugar to citrus based dressing or they can taste a bit harsh on salad sometimes. When you are tasting dressing, it should taste slightly too sharp/too salty when you eat it with a piece of salad. By the time you toss it with the salad, the salad should only be lightly coated with the dressing, and so will not taste as strong.

Buy the best vinegar and oil that you can.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 27-Jul-11 09:31:45

Bought dressings, IMHO, are horrible. They are full of sugar and flavourings, so if you're used to those/prefer those, you may have to experiment a bit before you make one of your own that you like.

Start with the most basic - olive oil, wine vinegar, salt and black pepper. As people have written, the ratio of oil to vinegar is variable, and down to taste. Try 3:1 first (oil:vinegar).

Use a little whisk (or shake in a bottle/jar or just stir like crazy!) so that the dressing emulsifies, and then dress the leaves gently with it, and turn them over to make sure that all the leaves are coated. Do this a little at a time, so that you're not swamping the leaves.

Also, one crucially important thing, make sure that your leaves are completely dry before you put the dressing on

MirandaGoshawk Wed 27-Jul-11 20:33:30

Thanks Because - the dryness thing never occurred to me. Oil & water don't mix, of course.

moragbellingham Wed 03-Aug-11 09:37:29

I always managed to make a horrible dressing until I started using rice wine vinegar.

Snackalot Wed 03-Aug-11 21:27:00

Hmmm, I've always used about half and half oil and vinegar, then added pinch of english mustard powder to emulsify. Season to taste with touch of sugar, shake of salt...vary it with lemon/lime juice, orange juice, raspberries, anything really!

I've always thought the best thing about salad, is the dressing... Enjoy!

Mumcentreplus Wed 03-Aug-11 21:48:12

Use salad (light) vinegar..olive oil <virgin not essential>...salt...crushed BP..chilli flakes...squeeze of lemon/splash of lemon can also add some soya sauce does work!

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