How to make a salad dressing

A salad dressing is typically made out of oil and vinegar and can enhance the most simplest of salads. There are many different varieties of salad dressings across the world ranging from the classic French vinaigrette to a really chilli-infused Thai-style dressing. Now, the most important thing is making sure you get the quantities right; you need 3 parts to one part vinegar.

So what I'm going to do now is show you how to make a really simple all-purpose salad dressing. The first thing that you need to do is to take a sterilised jar - you can use a jam jar or one of these clip and seals which is really handy to pop into the  fridge after. I'm going to take a teaspoon of Dijon mustard and put that straight in the jar. Then add 30ml of white wine vinegar. Now you could also use a balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar or even a cider vinegar.

And now I'm going to add 90ml of extra virgin olive oil. Other oils you could use are groundnut, vegetable or even sesame oil. Now, at this stage, you just need to season it with a bit of salt and a pinch of pepper.

Now that is a simple dressing ready to go. You could always add some more flavour before you give it a shake such as herbs like fresh chives or fresh parsley, or even for a bit of a kick with some garlic and chilli. Now all you need to do is clip this down and give it a good old shake.

So as you can see, all the ingredients have really thoroughly mixed together and because it's already in a jar, you can pop it straight in the fridge and lasts for around two weeks. If you don't have a sterilised jar to hand, you can always put the ingredients in a bowl and use a small whisk or a fork to bring the ingredients together.

And that is how you make a really simple salad dressing.


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