Sublimely Simple Salad Dressing
For the simplest salad dressings, you need only blend an acid like vinegar or the juice of a citrus fruit, with a healthy oil such as olive, nut or one with a neutral flavor, and season it with salt and pepper.
With a brisk whisk, the complementary flavors of the oil and vinegar blend together beautifully. You’ll need to restore the balance by whisking the oil and vinegar again before pouring in a glass cruet to dress the salad. Without an emulsifying ingredient the two will always separate.
So if you’d like the oil and vinegar to not separate, you may add mustard to emulsify the mixture in a creamy dressing. As good cooks know, after whisking the vinegar and mustard together, the oil must be gradually added or you’ll risk the dressing separating, resulting in what kitchen parlance calls a “break”. Nor can you add mustard to the oil at the end of the procedure. It will clump up in the dressing and cause the oil and vinegar to separate.
A kitchen towel provides a handy assist to keep the bowl from moving about while you are simultaneously whisking and slowing pouring in the oil. Simply fold it lengthwise, twist it tightly, and form a ring the size of the base of the bowl.
When the bowl is placed on top, it will remain stable and make your whisking and pouring much easier.
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