Heart Healthy Vinaigrettes
The traditional vinaigrette is one of the most important flavor makers in the culinary world and an important technique for a home cook to be comfortable with. The ingredient lists on bottled salad dressings are usually long and unwholesome. Healthier, less expensive and better tasting options start with a simple ratio; 3 parts healthy fat to 1 part vinegar (or acid).
Start with a heart healthy fat like olive oil or pecan oil, choose an acid such as red wine vinegar or lime juice. You can be done there or move on to endless flavoring combinations like shallots, garlic, herbs, mustard, fruit or roasted vegetable purée.
Here are four simple ideas to get you started: