For a super picky salad dressing person like myself, the only way to go is to take a few minutes and make your own salad dressing. Yes, I realize the grocery store shelves are lined with a grillion options to choose from. I've tried many of the options that exist and regretted most of them. Which is why knowing how to make a basic vinaigrette and this killer basil vinaigrette is essential to home cooking.
Making a vinaigrette is easy once you master the basics
Ultimately, you will combine oil, vinegar and some kind of thickening ingredient (commonly mustard or honey). Vinaigrettes are really that simple. There are only a few ingredients and you can pretty much add whatever you want to it. For my killer basil vinaigrette, fresh basil is the star of the dressing. I first made this dressing for my Jonah Crab & Asparagus Salad with Basil Vinaigrette back in the Spring - which I highly recommend you try!
For the best outcome, you will need a mini food processor to make this vinaigrette. Mine is on the fritz so I did rough chop my ingredients before adding them to the food processor!
I love this vinaigrette for salads because I am absolutely in love with fresh basil! When fresh herbs are added to any salad I am in my happy place. I bought cute, little bottles for my dressings and I store them in the fridge for all my salad needs!
Why spend the money on store-bought dressings when you most likely have at least the basic vinaigrette ingredients right in your pantry? And does anyone ever finish an entire bottle of salad dressing from the store? Kudos if you do, but to me they seem to linger and rot after a while and a lot of it ends up wasted. You can stop the waste now and start making easy salad dressing right in your own kitchen. Am I starting to sound like an infomercial?
In short, making a vinaigrette is very easy and involves fresh ingredients. Once you get in the habit of whipping up your own salad dressing, it will be hard to go back to the bottled stuff. So I highly recommend you give it a try!Print