A simple, classic vinaigrette that, once learnt and mastered, can be adapted to suit whatever it is to be served with.

Make french dressing

...Make french dressing

Ingredients

Makes 50–60ml
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3–4 tbsp olive or sunflower oil
(see oils, below)
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.

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