Universal Vinaigrette

Active Time: 10 minutes • Total Time: 0 minutes

Yields: 7 Servings

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  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp shallot, minced
  • 2 tsp thyme, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

We’re all looking for ways to save precious time, so sometimes it’s easy to default to grabbing a store-bought salad dressing. However, once you understand how absolutely easy (and delicious!) making your own vinagrette can be, you will never look back. By having staple vinagrette ingredients always stocked, it takes just moments to make. Plus, you don’t get any extra, unwanted ingredients.

We absolutely love what we call our Universal Vinaigrette recipe because of its versatility. You can sub the thyme with tarragon, or any of your favorite herbs. What’s more, you can use it beyond salads! It’s delicious for marinating chicken or putting on rice, too. By preparing it in a mason jar, you don’t have to dirty any dishes and you just shake it to mix together.

Mince shallot and chop thyme. Add all ingredients together in a 16 oz. mason jar, screw on lid and shake well to mix the ingredients. Dress salad to taste.

This recipe as it’s written makes one, 16 oz. mason jar (with room for shaking), and will provide a family with about a week’s worth of salad.

Store the remaining vinaigrette in the refrigerator, and shake well before each use.

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