White balsamic vinaigrette with lemon and garlic

    10 min

    I was once called upon to make a vinaigrette for asparagus. But the cupboard was almost bare, with the only suitable ingredients found being olive oil infused with lemon and "Balsamico Bianco di Modena", a white balsamic vinegar. Well, with the help of a little Dijon mustard the vinaigrette turned out exceptionally tasty and this set me thinking: "is this the basis of the perfect vinaigrette?". Over the intervening period I've varied the ingredients and their relative proportions and I have now settled on a vinaigrette that meets my requirements of fine taste with a little added extra. The two major variations on a standard vinaigrette are firstly, to cut the olive oil half-and-half with sunflower seed oil, giving an overall lighter taste and consistency. Secondly, the usual wine vinegar is replaced with a combination of white wine vinegar + white balsamic vinegar + lemon juice, with the balsamic adding a sweet aura to the overall acidity. There is a nice citrus tang that lingers.

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    Makes: 4 good sized salads worth of dressing

    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - use your best
    • 3 tablespoons sunflower seed oil
    • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar (Balsamico Bianco di Modena)
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
    • 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • large pinch salt
    • black pepper, freshly ground (to taste, at least 1/4 teaspoon)
    • 1 pinch sugar, or to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. You will need a jar with tight fitting lid or a purpose-made vinaigrette shaker.
    2. Combine all the ingredients into your jar or shaker and seal well.
    3. Shake vigorously to thoroughly mix together all ingredients and emulsify the oils and mustard.
    4. Taste. If the mixture is too tart for your liking, add a pinch of sugar, shake and taste again. Repeat until the tast is to your liking.
    5. Shake vigorously before each use.

    Serving suggestion

    Use as an all-round vinaigrette. Good with any type of salad, green or mixed, with something a little more exotic such as a beetroot and red onion salad, great with asparagus and other vegetables.

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    It was delicious!!!...I added a big pinch of sugar and the balance was perfect. All my family liked it.  -  12 Feb 2015