Vinaigrettes and Salad DressingsItalian oil and vinegar dressing © llizard aka ejm 2000, 2002

Italian oil and vinegar dressing

My father worked with an Italian man whose father had handed down the perfect salad dressing recipe to him (father to son kind of thing for generations) As I recall, the recipe goes as follows:

A generous man puts in the oil;
A stingy man puts in the vinegar;
And a careful man puts in the salt.

Of course, an Italian would use wine vinegar rather than waste balsamic vinegar. I use this simple recipe with great success, adding lemon juice in place of some or all of the vinegar, ground pepper, a little thyme, tarragon, ground brown mustard seeds and/or garlic, depending on my whim.

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