Brighten Up! 15 Recipes & Tips for Homemade Vinaigrettes

Recipe Roundup

Looking to do more recipe-free cooking but wondering where to start? Try experimenting with vinaigrettes.

A basic vinaigrette is a reliable kitchen workhorse, dressing salads, marinating tofu, brightening up a bowl of grains or a salad of smoked fish. But that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Once you have mastered the basic recipe, vinaigrettes are a flexible, inexpensive way to play around with bold flavors. Fresh herbs, grilled citrus, garlic confit and bacon are just a few of the add-ins found in the recipes below.

VINAIGRETTE RECIPES
How To Make a Basic Vinaigrette
How To Make a Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette
Honey Pepper Vinaigrette
Two-Minute, Creamy Salad Dressing
Sherry Vinaigrette
Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette
Garlic Confit Vinaigrette

RECIPES WITH UNUSUAL VINAIGRETTES
Quick Salmon & Couscous with Cilantro Vinaigrette
BLT Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Wheat Berry Salad with Blood Oranges, Feta & Red Onion Vinaigrette
Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Dressing

MORE VINAIGRETTE TIPS
Food Science: Why Vinaigrettes Separate
Do I Really Need To Refrigerate Vinaigrettes?
Edible Gift Idea: Homemade Vinaigrette
Try This! Vinaigrettes With Pureed Fruit

What are your favorite vinaigrette variations?

Related: Fruit Vinegar: The Easiest Way to Preserve Summer Fruit

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