How to make a French Dressing

Homemade (french dressing) vinaigrette salad dressing with olive oil, Homemade vinaigrette salad dressingvinegar and herbs
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French dressing is a simple vinegar sauce for mainly salads and as a marinade for a range of fresh foods. It is often known as ‘sauce vinaigrette‘ and is made from  a good wine vinegar, oil, pepper and salt, pepper, usually fresh green herbs in season and on occasion mustard.

In southern France, garlic is sometimes added. Never add any sugar to a french dressing – it is sacrilege. 


For ¼ pint;

  • ½ to 2 tbsp good wine vinegar or a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp. of a salad oil or olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp. of dry mustard (optional)

Preparation [1]:

  1. beat the vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl with the salt and mustard if desired. keep mixing until the salt has fully dissolved.
  2. beat in the oil drop by drop and then season with pepper.

Preparation [2]:

Put all the ingredients in a stoppered bottle and shake like anything until the salt has dissolved. It takes about 30 seconds to get it all mixed. Works a treat!

If you are adding some herbs then consider adding between 1 and 2 tablespoons of chopped green herbs such as tarragon, parsley, basil, chives. If none are available then add some quality dried herbs.

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