Our favorite dressing is Simple, Creamy and Perfect Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette. It has been our go-to homemade dressing for as long as I can remember.
Most recently, though, I have been making a lemon vinaigrette that runs a close second in the race to become my favorite dressing. This vinaigrette may be made in a container and simply shaken. It is best prepared in a blender or food processor, because the blending keeps the dressing emulsified and very smooth. Once smooth, I store this dressing for several weeks in a squirt bottle in my refrigerator.
This dressing is simple and can be made with any type of citrus juice.
juice of 2 large lemons or 3 medium limes (about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
3 cloves of garlic or one teaspoon granulated garlic
1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 cup oil
squeeze of mustard (optional)
Using an s-blade in the food processor, combine balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic and mayonnaise. With machine running, slowly drizzle in oil and process until combined and smooth. Carefully decant into wide-mouth squeeze bottle.
This dressing can be made in a mason jar or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Just add all ingredients and a small squeeze of mustard (for emulsification). Shake vigorously.
Mayonnaise can be reduced or eliminated. If eliminating the mayonnaise, add a bit of mustard or drizzle oil extra slowly when running the food processor in order to keep the vinaigrette emulsified.
Decant the dressing into an empty sport-top water bottle or squeeze bottle for easy drizzling.
Add a unique label to your balsamic vinaigrette. Using glue stick or clear packing tape, adhere a custom lemon-vinaigrette-label to an empty squeeze bottle. This custom SimpletoWow lemon-vinaigrette-label also allows you to jot down the preparation date of your dressing.