Vinaigrette’s derive their zestiness from a balance of oil and vinegar. The standard 3:1 ratio will vary, however, depending on the boldness or subtlety of the ingredients. Robust oils call for a higher proportion of vinegar or another acidic liquid such as citrus juice. Lighter oils require less. Likewise, sharp, high-acid vinegars demand a substantial proportion of oil, while low-acid fruit juices need much less. To achieve a palatable balance, consider your salad ingredients and experiment with different ratios to find what you enjoy.

Boost flavor with fresh or dried herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables, shallots, leeks, garlic or mustard. For a gourmet touch, use oils infused with garlic, chilies, ginger-root, fresh herbs and other aromatic ingredients. Pair nut oil with balsamic or sherry vinegar. Try olive oil with red wine vinegar, basil and roasted garlic. Whisk a canola or safflower oil with a flavored vinegar or a combination of white wine vinegar and pureed raspberries. Finely mince or puree fresh ingredients and allow dry ingredients to steep in the vinaigrette for at least an hour to fully develop their flavors.

Hearty salads typically call for equally weighty dressings, such as those based on mayonnaise, sour cream, yogurt or buttermilk. While vinaigrette’s quickly separate and need re-whisking before serving, creamy – or “emulsified” – dressings usually maintain their consistency. In addition, creamy dressings can take on a greater variety of ingredients, from fresh and dried herbs, spices, vinegar, fruit juice, shallots, garlic and condiments to mashed avocado, tomato paste, roasted peppers, capers, anchovies or boiled eggs. These dressings can be thinned down with additional vinegar, fruit Mayonnaise juice or even broth, if preferred, as long as the liquid component complements the other ingredients.


1. Choose an oil, a vinegar and other flavorful ingredients

that will complement your salad.

2. Mix vinegar and other ingredients in a bowl.

3. Whisk in oil until all ingredients

are well-combined.

4. Allow flavors to develop for at

least 30 minutes if using fresh

ingredients, and up to several hours

if using dried ingredients.

5. Rewhisk right before serving.

Make it Creamy

1. Choose your creamy base —

mayonnaise, sour cream, yogurt,

buttermilk or a combination — and the

other ingredients to complement your


2. Vigorously whisk all ingredients

in a bowl.

3. Taste and adjust consistency with

more base or liquid.

4. Taste and adjust seasoning.


5. Dressing may thicken and require

additional liquid whisked in right

before serving.

See Also

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