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Basic vinaigrette

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Salad dressings & dips

Basic vinaigrette

Starter Serves 4 5 min
This is a reliable vinaigrette for dressing any type of salad. Or use a similar amount of extra virgin olive oil with balsamic vinegar to taste; simple but full of peppery flavour. Either way, this is not only for salad dressing: it can also be used to marinade meat and veg, and as a cold dressing for leeks or asparagus. Once made, it'll keep in the fridge for several weeks. Makes about 300ml


  • 240ml sunflower oil
  • 4 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed to a paste with a little salt
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
  • Step 1

    Put all the ingredients in a jar and shake furiously, or whisk them all together.
  • Step 2

    Season to taste.

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