Salads here in Newfoundland is a rare t’ing, b’y. At least for us. It’s hard to get vegetables that you want to look at that closely.
What this means is we don’t buy those huge bottles of salad dressing, which are usually too strong, too full of extra stuff we don’t want to put in our bodies, and last for way longer than you like the flavour.
We make our little vinaigrettes instead.
The trick with a good vinaigrette is in the emulsification of the olive oil with the vinegar. You can do this by shaking it vigourously in a closed container, or by whipping it to a frenzy with a whisk. The choice is yours.
Here we’ve got about two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, three tablespoons vintage balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon dried basil and another teaspoon minced garlic. But you can put whatever you want in there.
Shake it up good and stick it in your fridge for up to two weeks. The flavours will actually improve the longer you leave it in there.