Everyone needs a delicious, classic oil and vinegar dressing for their recipe box. This is mine. Except it’s not actually mine.
This is a recipe that a dear old friend shared with me years ago. She always kept a big batch in the fridge and I remember the first time I had it on a salad with lettuce from her garden. I couldn’t believe what I was tasting – classic, but so much better than your typical vinaigrette.
To this day, I’m still not sure what makes this oil and vinegar dressing so special, but “special” is exactly what it is. It might be the brown sugar or the fresh ground pepper but most likely it’s the garlic. Copious, unrestrained, irresponsible amounts of garlic.
But don’t be afraid. The garlic is all balanced out with a perfect sweet/acidic/mellow combination that will make your heart (and mouth!) as happy as mine is every time I eat it.
Every time I serve this oil and vinegar dressing for guests, I get asked for the recipe. It’s that good. Trust me.