Traditional Vinaigrette

Don’t forget that simplified vinaigrettes, like olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar in a saucer, plus a few pinches of dry herbs, can make delicious dips for your bread fresh from the oven.


3 parts olive oil
1 part red wine vinegar
squirt lemon juice (optional)
squirt balsamic vinegar (optional)
minced garlic
oregano (optional)
basil (optional)

If you use ¾ cup of olive oil and ¼cup vinegar plus the squirts of lemon juice and balsamic, your other ingredients will go roughly like this:

½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp oregano or basil

Carrabba's Creamy Parmesan Dressing

½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup buttermilk
1½ tsp minced garlic
½ tsp minced fresh parsley
½ tsp lemon juice

Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

I found this in a little grill in Salt Lake City one evening near the library while I was waiting for a meeting to start. It was served over Romaine and very delicious.


I don’t know how well this recipe scales—I never actually measure ingredients for a vinaigrette myself anyway, so this is an approximation.


  1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  2-3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  1-2 tsp honey
  a few drops lemon juice
  fine-ground pepper
  additional spices or seasonings to taste

Broken Vinaigrette

There is no such thing as “Broken Vinaigrette.” A broken vinaigrette is a class of vinaigrettes in which no emulsion of vinegar and oil is attempted.

In fact, quite the contrary: care is taken not to emulsify and this is the important feature. Any vinaigrette that isn’t so elaborate as to deny the saliency of oil and vinegar appearing in separate, but intermixed beads on the plate is a broken vinaigrette.


½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 sprig fresh rosemary


1. Place garlic, rosemary and olive oil in saucepan over medium heat until you can smell the aromas and the oil is warm. This is to bloom the oil-soluble aromas in oils of the rosemary and garlic. Remove from heat and allow to sit for one hour so oil becomes aroma-infused.

Strain oil into small bowl. Add balsamic and very lightly stir with a small spoon. What you want is to keep the vinegar and oil separate so you get these cool looking beads of vinegar floating in the oil.