How to make a salad dressing

If you want to actually get your hands dirty, put a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a pinch of seasalt, a grind of black pepper, 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and 8 or 9 tablespoons of a good olive oil in a jar and shake it like a crazed carnival-goer. Pour over the salad and mix it well with your hands to ensure good coverage of all those thirsty leaves.

If, on the other hand, you simply want the basic laws of making the perfect salad dressing you can’t do better than this Italian advice:

   A miser should see to the vinegar

   A spendthrift to the oil

   A wise man to the salt

   A judicious man to the pepper

   And a madman to the mixing.

With such simple advice, your next salad dressing could only be delicious.Infused-oils-72dpi_620px

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6 Responses to How to make a salad dressing

  1. Really very true, although i like to put garlic in my dressing. Who should do that, a vampire maybe? Sal

  2. Pingback: Five Italian rules for making a good salad dressing. « goodthingsfromitaly

  3. Hi guys, I love this! Will definitely use it as my guide from now on :)

  4. Does one really need mustard? I never use it.

    • dolcevitadiaries :

      Hello Alys – I don’t usually use mustard either (this is Cathy’s recipe). I think that is really the french way of doing it, and so I prefer to follow the Italian saying above… Jason

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