- 1 part vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, champagne, rice wine, sherry, fig, pomegranate, etc.)
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon emulsifier (mustard, garlic or honey)
- 3 parts oil (extra virgin olive, walnut, avocado, toasted sesame, etc.)
- Additional flavorings (citrus juice, chili sauce, fresh herbs, cheese, etc.)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine vinegar and emulsifier. If using shallots or garlic, citrus juice, honey, chili sauce or other ingredients, add them now, too.
Add oil very gradually. Slowly add a few drops (literal drops) of oil to vinegar while whisking continuously. Once it begins to combine, keep on whisking and add remaining oil in a fine stream.
Add fresh herbs or cheese, if desired, and check the seasoning.
TIP: The standard ratio is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, but this will vary depending on the type of oil and vinegar used. Be sure to continually taste your concoction to find your perfect balance point.
TIP: You can use a food processor, blender or mixer with a whisk attachment to make your vinaigrette. Just be sure to start with that same few drops of oil and increase the stream as the sauce comes together.
TIP: Add fresh herbs at the end of the whisking (or just before serving if making ahead of time) as the acid can break down their flavors and colors.