If you are looking for a salad dressing recipe that is a little more special and a bit of a gourmet recipe, this is your page.
These delicious vinaigrette recipes are as easy to prepare as regular salad dressings, but each has an ingredient or two that kicks it up to entertaining fare.
A couple of these require a few more unusual ingredients but they are worth it if you want something very special.
The parsley vinaigrette dressing is actually supposed to be for roasted or pan seared chicken or meat. It uses a bit of the meat drippings to flavor the dressing. You make this wonderful vinaigrette recipe then pour it over hot meat to serve. How delicious and what a unique idea.
It is also fabulous served drizzled over the vegetables you serve alongside the meat. Try it over roasted mixed vegetables or roasted asparagus.
- 3 tablespoons hot pan juices from roasting or pan searing
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- After you have roasted or pan seared the meat, pour the hot pan juices into a blender or food processor. Add the salt and pepper, wine vinegar and the chopped parsley. Blend. Open the lid and slowly add the olive oil with the motor still running.
- Serve over the meat.
Sherry and Walnut Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
6 tablespoons walnut oil
Mix together sherry vinegar with salt and pepper. Whisk in walnut oil.
Note: It’s a good idea to keep a bottle of sherry vinegar in your pantry. It adds a lovely flavor to salad dressing and so many other things. The walnut oil in this recipe is divine.
Champagne Vinegar and Hazelnut Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons of Champagne vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
6 tablespoons hazelnut oil
Mix all ingredients together and pour over the salad.
This vinaigrette is great over a salad of spinach and sliced strawberries. Add chopped hazelnuts for a tasty crunch.
Note: Hazelnut oil is a bit expensive but you don’t use much here and the flavor is amazing.
Did you Know?…
A vinaigrette is simply a salad dressing recipe made with vinegar. Although most salad dressings have some vinegar in them, a true vinaigrette recipe is predominantly some flavor of vinegar mixed with an oil, whether it is olive oil, vegetable oil or a special oil, such as the ones used above.
Therefore salad dressing recipes like ranch or thousand island are not technically considered vinaigrettes.