Everyone should have a recipe for a universal vinaigrette in their back pocket. Whip these up for a quick and delicious salad dressing. With ingredients like Dijon mustard and honey, it’s a little sweet and a little spicy, pairing well with most vegetables and salads.
However, this dressing is a great recipe to use on just about anything. You can use it as a dip for a chicken wrap, serve it on pasta salad, or even use it to marinate steak.
Recipe developer and registered dietitian nutritionist, Kristen Carli, MS, RD, brings us this very versatile recipe. You can get creative with the ingredients you have on hand to add variety to the sauce. Feel free to substitute other types of vinegar, such as white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar, if you don’t have red wine vinegar. You can even substitute lemon juice if you need to. Let’s dive in and make this vinaigrette.
Gather your ingredients for universal vinaigrette
To make this universal vinaigrette, you can start by collecting your ingredients. You will need olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
The honey is used as an emulsifier
Honey has been added to this recipe for a touch of sweetness. It is also used as an emulsifier, helping to combine the oil and vinegar and stabilize the dressing. This results in a creamy texture.
Add the ingredients to a small Mason jar
This recipe couldn’t be simpler. While you could use a food processor to blend these ingredients, or even whip the ingredients in a small bowl, Carli recommends using a Mason jar instead. This way you assemble and store the dressing in the same container. We love a dish-saving hack! Start by adding all the ingredients in a Mason jar.
Close the jar and shake
Cover the Mason jar with an airtight lid. Then shake the jar well. This will help to mix the ingredients thoroughly. And so you’re ready to pour the vinaigrette over your favorite salad or store the dressing in the fridge for future use.