Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mediterranean Vinaigrette

Salads. One of my favorite of all of the food groups. 

If you open my refrigerator, you will never see a bottle of store bought salad dressing- I love to make my own! Making your own homemade dressings could not be easier or healthier. Not only can you control what goes in it, eliminating so much of the sodium and unpronounceable junk in those bottles from the grocery store, but you would be surprised at the random items you may already have in your kitchen that make excellent additions to any vinaigrette. Maple syrup, avocado, dijon mustard...I love to get creative.

This is a good basic vinaigrette that goes well with anything. Make a small batch to toss on a salad for two, or increase the measurements for a giant salad for your next dinner party, or just to keep on hand in the fridge. This also makes a great marinade for chicken, steak or pork- just eliminate the salt and salt your meat right before cooking.

Mediterranean Vinaigrette
serves a salad for 2 

2 Tbsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic minced (or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder)
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and toss with your favorite salad. 

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