The Perfect Dressing for a Big Salad

There are some days when I just crave a big salad. I know I am not alone, and there is that famous Seinfeld episode to prove it. 

Here’s the Seinfeld episode

And here’s the commentary on that episode

You don’t need a ton of ingredients to make a great salad. For example: Fill up a bowl with crunchy greens. Add whatever vegetables are fresh and happen to be in your fridge. Today I did not have much–just cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions. Sounds boring, huh?

But a good vinaigrette is like a fairy godmother to a ho-hum salad.  The vinegar/oil emulsion magically swoops in at the Cinderella salad’s saddest moment, and dresses up a plain old bowl of greens so that it is fit for royalty. 

The Vinaigrette

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

pinch dried oregano

pinch dried thyme

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Whisk vinegar, salt and herbs until salt dissolves. Whisk mustard. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and whisk constantly until dissolved. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Variation: Add a bit of fresh minced garlic  and/or squeeze of fresh lemon juice when you add the spices