Types of Vinegar Dressings

Vinegar dressing or vinaigrettes make for rather unlikely combinations because the two liquids do not mix. Yet the oil and vinegar dressings do go well together. Even though they defy the laws of nature, the two parts make a nice addition to just about any salad. When you see the oil and vinegar separated, on atop the other, for a slight amount of time the two swirls around one another when shaken, stirred or purposely mixed. This makes an emulsion for a short amount of time only for the oil and vinegar to separate again.

Although a vinegar salad dressing is sort of a science experiment it is easy to make. All you have to know to make vinaigrettes is that you need a ratio of 3 to 1, 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. With this formula you can create magnificent vinaigrettes every time. Make sure not to get the ratios mixed, and mistakenly add 3 parts vinegar to 1 part oil because if you do make such a mistake it is certain you will never forget how extremely tart it is and you will be sure never do make such a mistake again.

Always make sure to taste your red wine and vinegar salad dressing first before pouring it over you salad. You want to make sure it is not too strong or too mild before dowsing your greens with it. No one wants a ruined salad. So, first taste the vinaigrette on a piece of lettuce to get a feel for what the dressing will taste like over all of your salad.

For the oil and vinegar used in the dressing, a basic vinaigrette calls for vegetable oil or salad oil. Olive oil, safflower, canola and soybean oil is a good alternative as well, however when using olive oil it is important to use extra virgin oil olive. In vinaigrettes using specialty vinegar is best. A flavor like white wine, sheer or raspberry, or balsamic vinegar dressing are delicious. Depending on your taste, fruity vinaigrettes can be made from apple cider vinegar likewise rice vinegar can make for a tasty Asian apple vinegar dressing.

To change up the vinaigrette you can add honey for added sweetness or citrus such as lemon for a bit more tartness. The most basic vinaigrette only needs a little salt and pepper but you can add your own selection of seasoning as well. Making the vinaigrette is as simple as mixing the ingredients in a blender or in a bowl with a wire whisk.

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