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Recipe: Homemade Traditional Vinaigrette

Updated: Jan 24

Making your own salad dressings, dip and spreads is one of my favorite things to educate on. This Traditional Vinaigrette is a crowd pleaser. You can whip it up in under 10 minutes and top it on your favorite seasonal salad. Bright. Bold. Savory. Delicious.


Benefits of Making Your Own Dressings

  • More Affordable - Premade salad dressings are typically more expensive per ounce than making homemade, small batch salad dressings.

  • Freshness - When food is fresher, it will taste better (duh).

  • Nutrient Density - Herbs and spices have mega nutrient benefits and extra virgin olive oil is packed full of heart healthy fats. Think of your spice rack as a mini pharmacy! Check out my blog post on the benefits of herbs & spices.

  • Control over Ingredients - No sneaky sugars, preservatives, excess sodium or artificial colors.

  • Customization - You can combine flavors (different spices, herbs, vinegars, etc.) that YOU love - creativity at its finest.

  • Supports the Environment - Making your own salad dressing will minimize packaging waste since you can store it in reusable containers. I love making my salad dressings in mason jars where you can give it a quick shake before serving.


Traditional Vinaigrette


Extra Virgin Olive Oil Benefits

  • Rich in monounsaturated healthy fats to support heart health and brain function

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • High in Vitamin E - a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from oxidative damage

  • Packed with phytonutrients

  • Can help balance blood sugar

  • Anti-microbial & supports a healthy microbiome

  • Supports glowing skin

  • Savory & delicious

  • Aim for cold pressed and local


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Traditional Vinaigrette Recipe (serves 12)

Inspired from Affordable Nutrition by Jessica Bauman


Traditional Vinaigrette Prep


Ingredients

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil​

1/3 cup red wine vinegar​

1/8 cup water​

2 cloves garlic, minced​

1 tbsp mustard​

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped ​

Juice of ½ a lemon​

Salt and pepper to taste​


Optional: chopped parsley, crushed raspberries, ​dried oregano


Preparation

Whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar & water together​

Add in garlic, mustard, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper​

Whisk together. Enjoy! ​


Health Benefits

Basil: Anti inflammatory herb that is high in Vitamins A, K & C. Supports digestive health and rich in iron to support energy levels.


Lemon: An excellent source of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and the phytochemical lemonine to support the immune system. Supports digestion, hydration and detoxification.


Garlic: This is an immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial member of the Allium family. Garlic is an excellent source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium and manganese. The liver loves garlic!


References

Bauman, Jessica. (2019). Affordable Nutrition. Penngrove, CA: Bauman College


Murray MT, Pizzorno JE, Pizzorno L (2006). The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York, NY: Atria Books.

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