Knowing how to make a basic vinaigrette for salads like the balsamic vinegar dressing is one of the best skills a home cook can have. And luckily and happily, this is as easy as combining olive oil and vinegar in a jar with some salt and fresh cracked black pepper. You barely even need a particular recipe to follow.
How to make balsamic vinegar dressing: ingredients
You only need the following ingredients:
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- Fresh-ground pepper
There are some optional extras like spoonful of mustard, minced shallots, minced garlic, minced fresh herbs, teaspoon dried herbs, spoonful of honey or brown sugar. But you can choose if you want to use them or not. In the following lines you can find the easy and shorts step of instructions to make a balsamic vinegar dressing.
Combine the olive oil and balsamic in a jam jar or other container with a good sealing lid. Than add a big pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. When you finish these steps screw on the lid and shake vigorously. If you want to improve your recipe, dip a piece of lettuce into the vinaigrette and taste its flavor. In this way you can adjust the salt, pepper or the proportion of oil and vinegar in it.
Every kind of balsamic vinegar dressing home-made will keep on the counter for several weeks. It only needs to be refrigerate if you add any fresh ingredients. The oil and the vinegar will separate a few minutes after shaking. For this reason shake to recombine before dressing your salad or dishes. Finished these steps… enjoy your meal!