Olive Oil And Vinegar - Superior Flavor, Many Health Benefits

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Olive oil and vinegar mixtures, also known as vinaigrettes, have been a staple in quality restaurants for decades. This mixture can be used to dress any number of food items such as salads or poultry dishes. Vinegar with oil is often found as an appetizer at Italian restaurants and patrons are encouraged to dip their bread into it. The mixture can really make even mundane foods such as tomatoes or asparagus seem decadent.

Vinaigrette is basically just the mixture of olive oil and vinegar together. This is interesting because olive oil and vinegar don't mix together as a rule. This is one of the reasons that people are required to shake their oil and vinegar dressings before using them. If the dressing is left to still for even a small amount of time the two elements begin to separate. The merging of the two while being shaken or stirred is referred to as temporary emulsion.

A homemade vinegar and olive oil dressing is easy to make. The most important thing to remember is that the ratio of oil to vinegar is always 3 to 1. As an example, if an individual using three cups of olive oil would then need to introduce one cup of vinegar into the mixture. Depending on the vinegar that is being used and the personal tastes of those that will be eating it the ratio of vinegar can vary slightly in either direction.

The obvious first choice for this mixture is olive oil. However, any oil that is labeled as a "vegetable" or "salad" oil will suffice. Other oils that can be substituted are safflower, canola or soybean oils all of which have a lighter and more neutralized taste to them. The best olive oil to use is extra virgin olive oil. As for the vinegar selection it is best to turn to specialty vinegars that are more flavored such as balsamic, sherry or raspberry vinegars. There are a great number of vinegars to choose from and each one can give the dressing a unique flavor.

Other ingredients that can add layers to the flavor of the vinaigrette are lemon juice or other citrus-based fruit juices such as lime and orange. Again, it is a matter of personal opinion. In general, vinaigrettes do not require a large amount of seasoning and most are only lightly sprinkled with Kosher salt and ground white pepper to enhance the already present flavor combination's.

The best way to mix olive oil and vinegar is by using a blender or by whisking the ingredients together in a stainless steel or glass bowl. It is important to avoid the use of any aluminum-based kitchen items as the acid that is in the vinegar can have a reaction to the aluminum and leave the vinaigrette with an unpleasant metallic taste. For the best emulsion immediately after mixing, it is best to keep the ingredients at room temperature.

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This article was published on 2011/01/05