Mustard Shallot Vinaigrette
I have perfected the simple salad dressing that should be a staple in any cooks refrigerator. I call this the ‘Perfect salad dressing’. Store bought salad dressings are loaded with GMO sugar, rancid oil, corn syrup, preservatives, and high sodium. Often times when we make the conscious effort to be healthy and eat a salad, the salad dressing takes away from all of the health benefits of fresh raw vegetables. This fresh dressing is so delicious that it probably won’t stick around. However, it will last in your fridge a couple weeks as the vinegar will preserve the shallot. The secret seems to be in the shallots, which continue to soften and sweeten in the vinegar for as long as you keep the dressing, adding a round, bright flavor for as long as you keep it around. There are two key components of making the perfect salad dressing. The dressing needs a binding agent such as mustard and honey. Emulsification combines your ingredients in the right proportions and blends the oil’s fat molecules into the watery vinegar, with or without help from a binder. This process is known as emulsification, and marks the point where your ingredients officially become a salad dressing! Shallot works with the acid (vinegar or lemon), oil, and binding agent (mustard or honey) to emulsify and keep everything together.
Health Note: Some of the impressive health benefits of shallots include their ability to lower cholesterol levels, prevent certain types of cancer, provide anti-fungal and antibacterial, lower blood pressure, help manage diabetes, soothe nerves, boost circulation, speed up digestion, and aid in weight loss efforts.
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 heaping teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste
Directions: Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and olive oil until well combined. Add shallot, salt, and black pepper and continue to whisk until ingredients are combined. Store in refrigerator and serve on top of your favorite vegetables.
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