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Basic Salad Dressing

Top tip: Make this salad dressing in bulk, one time per week, and store it in your refrigerator in a glass jar (avoid plastic) to use throughout the week. It will save you money on expensive salad dressings and spare your waist line from unwanted added preservatives, additives, artificial ingredients and sweeteners that can pack on pounds. Use this simple recipe as starting point to make your favorite flavored salad dressings.


1 small shallot chopped fine
1/2 cup of your favorite vinegar like red wine, balsamic or white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


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From the Organic Authority Files

Whisk together shallots, vinegar, and mustard in a bowl. Slowly add oil to emulsify. Salt and pepper to taste.


  • Add fresh roughly chopped herbs for an herb vinaigrette
  • Vary the type of vinegar or oil
  • Use citrus like lemons, limes, oranges in place of vinegar, and reduce it, to intensify the flavors
  • Vegetable purees like roasted peppers, or garlic
  • Eliminate shallot

Note: Because you follow an organic lifestyle, recommends using certified organic ingredients, when available, in all recipes to maximize quality, flavors and nutrition while minimizing your risk of exposure to pesticides, chemicals and preservatives. Have fun!

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