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French Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Makes 50-60ml

1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3–4 tbsp olive or sunflower oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Put the wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk in the oil gradually to form an emulsion. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Variations

Herb dressing Whisk in 1 tsp finely chopped herbs, such as chives, parsley or basil.

Mustard dressing Whisk in ½–1 tsp Dijon or wholegrain mustard.

Garlic dressing Whisk in 1 crushed small garlic clove.

Honey and mustard dressing Whisk in ½ tsp clear honey and ½ tsp Dijon or wholegrain mustard.

Lemon, caper and parsley dressing Replace the vinegar with 1½ tbsp lemon juice and the finely grated zest of ½ lemon. Add ½–1 tsp each of finely chopped capers and parsley.

Hoisin dressing Substitute groundnut oil for sunflower and rice wine vinegar for white wine vinegar. Whisk in 1 tsp hoisin sauce and ½ tsp crushed garlic.

Miso dressing Substitute groundnut oil for sunflower and rice wine vinegar for white wine. Whisk in 2 tsp white miso, 1 tbsp mirin (rice wine) and ½ tsp toasted sesame oil. Add 1 tsp finely grated ginger and 1 very finely chopped spring onion.

Ginger and soy dressing Substitute groundnut oil for sunflower and rice wine vinegar for white wine vinegar. Add ½ tsp toasted sesame oil, ½ tsp finely grated ginger and its juice, 1 tsp soy sauce and ½ crushed garlic clove.