Jim's Salad Dressing
I love good salad dressings and like to vary the taste around what we are putting on the salad and according to the main dish we are having. So, here is what I've developed.
You can vary this in size, the ratios are what we like but those can vary too.
4 parts Olive
1 1/2 part Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 part Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic
Note: As of 2009, I add a tbsp of dijon mustard to this too. That helps keep it emulsified.
Next stir vigorously the mixture just before you want to serve it. I like to use a tablespoon and dig deep for the spices and spoon it on the salad. (If you are making this at home and have one of those hand held high speed blenders, put all of the ingredients in except for the olive oil and the slowly drizzle in the olive oil while mixing. This should mix it much better along with keeping it emulsified.
You can vary this multiple ways. First, you can change the amount of rice wine to make it more tangy. Second, if you would like it to be a bit more spicy, put about a 1/3 teaspoon of Dijon mustard in with the mixture. Third, if you are having an asian evening, put in a bit of soy sauce.
Regardless of the variation you like, it is always good and fresh. You know you are using better oils than what you get from the bottle.
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