Classic Vinaigrette for Savory or Fruit Salads

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and I have yet to post a Thanksgiving recipe. I wanted to, but the universe must be conspiring against me! An apple strudel turned out to be a little lackluster (although we ate it all!) and needs to tweaked and remade. A coffee cake turned bizarre when all the Struesel topping sunk to the bottom. (We are working on finishing that one right now!)

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Classic Vinaigrette for Savory or Fruit Salads

So, in  the meantime, here’s a little gem of a recipe that I can’t believe isn’t on my blog yet: Classic Vinaigrette, and it works very well drizzled over a savory salad or a fruit salad. When I need a very simple side to add to a dinner or lunch, I’ll often slice up a few tomatoes and give them a quick drizzle – or maybe a little cantaloupe gets the treatment. This classic Vinaigrette also pairs especially well with Spinach salads,

Classic Vinaigrette isn’t over the top, it’s just a nice basic workhorse of a dressing. As a matter of fact, it is the first dressing I ever made, way back in the 60’s, my Mom’s recipe. It takes just a couple of minutes to whip up. It’s a far cry from the Western, Thousand Island and Green Goddess dressings of the time. (Ranch, I think was yet to be invented!)

Classic Vinaigrette for Savory or Fruit Salads
Classic Vinaigrette for Savory or Fruit Salads

Classic Vinaigrette for Savory or Fruit Salads

  • Servings: about 3/4 cup
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar (vary with cider, tarragon or malt)
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 – 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion juice

Add all ingredients to a jar and shake. Omit onion if serving with fruit. Onion can be easily juiced by grating a small amount, placing it in the corner of a basic, clean towel and squeezing.

Taste and adjust seasonings. Will separate easily so if passing at the table do so in a jar that can be shaken.

From the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

I’ll be bringing this simple little dressing to  Fiesta Friday and Throwback Thursday. Check the links to see lots of holiday ideas!

5 thoughts on “Classic Vinaigrette for Savory or Fruit Salads”

  1. Welcome to Fiesta Friday. I think we are all under pressure in the kitchen, so we’ve been making quite a few blunders, all of us collectively I’m sure. But that’s not to say that your vinaigrette isn’t welcome at the FF table, I love the flavors, I too like a very basic dressing on my salads. Thanks for bringing it to the Fiesta 🙂

    1. Julie, I have been on quite a run! I dubbed the coffee cake “Inside out” coffee cake since the struesel was in the middle – it still tasted great! But then, I forgot to put the shredded turkey into the turkey noodle soup I made for dinner! HA!

      So Happy FF and have a great holiday!!

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