Saturday, March 17, 2012

simple lemon vinaigrette

unusually warm air has inspired some spring flavors in my household. i bring you a simple lemon vinaigrette. why buy the bottle when you can just make your own? side salads tossed with vinaigrettes accompany pretty much every meal when entertaining. white wine vinegar is a subtle flavor in the background allowing the lemon to be the star of the show. you can switch up the white wine vinegar and lemon in this recipe for red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar or you could get crazy and do a champagne vinegar...
a trick to get more juice out of your lemon- throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

simple lemon vinaigrette
3/4 c olive oil
1/2 c white wine vinegar
1 1/2 tbs dijon mustard
the juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

simply combine all ingredients together in an airtight container and shake until combined. this recipe makes quite a bit of dressing. i only use a quarter cup or so when tossing with leafy greens.