BEST HERB Vinaigrette SALAD DRESSING
Change your salad dressing from ordinary to extraordinary! When we serve salad greens, everyone knows they will be getting my fresh ‘herb’ dressing with it. Friends and family still rave about it to this day. “When are you going to add your salad dressing to your blog?” I hope you like it!
SECRET FORMULA: The secret is twofold (1) The ‘FRESH’ herbs speak for themselves. (2) You are looking for the right balance of oil and vinegar. Taste the dressing before serving. I can not emphasize this enough.
- 1/3 vinegar – (blueberry + balsamic vinegar)
- 2/3 oil – avocado, olive or hazelnut
- 1/4 tsp pepper*
- 1/4 tsp salt*
- FRESH Herbs: Italian parsley, thyme -lemon thyme, tarragon, basil
The amount of herbs varies -no exact measurement. Over the years, I have found that you never put in too much herbs.
*FRESH ground pepper corn (and salt) adds a specific aroma
Hint: If you don’t have everything ..improvise. Also, use best ingredients because you are not using that much of it.
- Mix avocado oil with pepper + salt
- Add vinegar – blend/shake in a small jar.
- ADD HERBS**
**BEFORE YOU ADD THE HERBS – TASTE the dressing using a piece of lettuce [ This is an important step]
TASTE TEST: The best way to test this recipe is with a piece of lettuce. The taste should be dull. You are looking for the balance of oil and vinegar. The dressing should not be too vinegary. You need to keep in mind that the taste should be dull. The herbs will add a tangy lift. A mistake some people make is to have the vinegar overpowering.
Last step ..add the herbs. They provide an exquisite bright flavour to your dressing. I add lots of herbs.
FARM TO TABLE
The new trend serving prepared meals directly from the farm to the table has captured a lot of chefs/restaurants. I support this wonderful trend in natural eating, as we dig into our herb ‘farm’ to prepare this salad dressing.
Fragrant Basil Growing In Your Garden
FRESH SALAD DRESSING
I have heard people say that once you have had fresh salad dressing, you never go back to store bought again. It is true for me. I always have oil and vinegar in the house. There is no excuse not to make a quick dressing or vinaigrette in 5 minutes.
ARE YOU ABLE TO TELL IF VINEGAR IS BAD?
Vinegar has an indefinite shelf life. It can still alter in appearance and strength after five to ten years. Balsamic vinegar has a tangy-sweet taste. It is aged in oak caskets and becomes darker and sweeter as it ages. Hints of the oak casket linger in this vinegar. The best place to store vinegar is in a fairly cool, dark place. aside: My friend who has wine from Abe Lincoln’s private stock said, ” You don’t want to drink it. It tastes like vinegar. “
Blueberry vinegar is good for your health. Blueberries improve eyesight and memory. The list goes on. You can even buy blueberry vinegar capsules for health therapy ( sometimes called ‘Nordic Tonic‘). Remember the apple cider vinegar trend? Everyone was taking a shot of apple cider vinegar as a daily tonic. Healthy trends are good trends.
WE SHOULD EAT LOTS OF SALADS I really like watching the oil and vinegar blend with the herbs as I shake the bottle of dressing. I sometimes think about shaking a bottle of champagne to celebrate the winner at the Grand Prix. It’s a real joy when your dressing wakes up your taste buds.