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5 Easy Vinaigrette Recipes You Can Make At Home

From strawberry-basil to sweet pea and tarragon, these five fresh vinaigrettes will take your salads up a notch!
Homemade vinaigrettes Homemade vinaigrettes. (Photo, Kristen Eppich.)

Vinaigrettes should be quick and simple — with few ingredients, but robust, herbaceous flavours. They are also a great way to use up extra herbs and ingredients (if you were a little over-zealous at the market). Here are 5 vinaigrette recipes that embrace some of the best flavours out there right now, and are the perfect finishing touch for tonight's side salad.

strawberry-vinStrawberry, Basil And Balsamic Vinaigrette

COMBINE 8 to 10 medium, very ripe strawberries, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar in a blender or mini food processor. Puree. Add 8 large basil leaves and pulse until leaves are chunky but not pureed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1 cup.

parsley-vinSweet Pea And Tarragon Vinaigrette

WHIRL 1/3 cup shucked peas until chunky, or chop by hand. Combine 2 tbsp white wine vinegar with 1 tbsp lemon juice, 4 tsp chopped tarragon and a pinch of sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Stir in peas. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1 cup.

creamy-vinCreamy Thyme Vinaigrette

STIR 1/4 cup mayonnaise with 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup milk or cream, 2 tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest. Add 1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh thyme leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1 cup.

umami-vin

Parsley-Umami Vinaigrette

COMBINE 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar with 1 tsp umami paste (available in most grocery stores) in 1/2 cup in a medium bowl. Whisk in 1/3 cup olive oil. Add 1/3 cup chopped ripe tomatoes and 2 tbsp chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 2/3 cup.

dill-vinCucumber-Dill Vinaigrette

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STIR 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil with 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 minced clove of garlic and 1 tsp honey in a medium bowl. Add 2/3 cup peeled, grated cucumber and 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1 cup.

Originally published July 26th, 2014. 

Watch: How to make a simple vinaigrette

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