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Oil and Vinegar Dressing

Oil & Vinegar Dressing

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.

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Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp canola oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3½ tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve on your favourite salad.
  2. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Shake well before serving.
Notes
Canola oil allows the dressing to remain liquid while stored in the refrigerator.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Lili
    February 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve made this dressing, and love it. In the summer when we have lots of garden lettuce, I make a batch and keep it in the fridge.

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    Wendy
    February 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Hi! Ryan shared your site with me and I am loving it so far. Made this dressing last night. Served over a simple salad of romaine and mango pieces. Delicious! Thanks for sharing, this will become one of my go to recipes.

    • Reply
      The Gourmet Housewife
      February 4, 2011 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Wendy! Glad to hear you liked it!!

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    Gourmet Housewife in training
    February 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I love this site and am so excited to try these brilliant recipes. This one in particular is very dear to me.

    • Reply
      The Gourmet Housewife
      February 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      I’m so glad to hear you like it darlin’!

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