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A good vinaigrette, which can be put together in under five minutes, transforms plain lettuce – but it's 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.


  • 2 tbsp vinegar (whichever you like most - red, white, cider, balsamic)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed to a paste
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. Add your dressing to the salad at the last minute as the vinegar can start to wilt the leaves.

Cooks notes

I'm a bit of a garlic fiend so always like to add garlic to the basic vinaigrette. If you like a hint of garlic you can drop a whole clove into the dressing and just allow the flavour and aroma to drift gently through. Next option is to chop the garlic finely and mix through the dressing. If you really love a strong garlic flavour, chop the cloves roughly, sprinkle with salt and, using the back of a knife, press the garlic until you have a paste to mix into the dressing. This releases the strongest flavour. In the summer we have some wet garlic in the boxes. This looks a bit like a leek but when you slice it you'll see the baby cloves forming. Just slice it finely and add to your vinaigrette.
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