Salad dressing is a sauce or combination of liquids and seasonings used to enhance the flavor of salads. It is typically drizzled over a salad, tossed with the salad ingredients, or served on the side for people to add to their taste.

Salad Dressing

Recipe by caion


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Salad dressings can vary widely in flavor and consistency, and there are numerous types and recipes available.


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (acts as an emulsifier)

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (optional for added flavor)

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Optional additions: honey, maple syrup, herbs (like chopped basil, thyme, or parsley), or a squeeze of lemon juice


  • In a small bowl or a jar with a lid, combine the olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and minced garlic (if using).
  • Whisk the ingredients together vigorously with a fork or shake the jar with the lid on to help emulsify the dressing. Emulsification helps the oil and vinegar mix and stay combined. This is where the Dijon mustard is particularly helpful.
  • Add salt and pepper to the dressing to taste. Start with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper, then adjust according to your preference. You can also add honey or a sweetener if you prefer a sweeter dressing.
  • At this point, you can add additional ingredients like chopped herbs or a squeeze of lemon juice to enhance the flavor. Be creative and adjust the dressing to your liking.
  • Taste the dressing by dipping a leaf of lettuce or a piece of vegetable into it. Adjust the flavor by adding more oil, vinegar, or seasoning as needed to achieve the desired taste and consistency.
  • Drizzle the vinaigrette over your salad just before serving or serve it on the side for people to add as they like. Store any leftover dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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