Vinaigrettes aren’t just for salads – they have unbound potential with a little kitchen creativity! They are incredibly easy to make and add vibrant life to your everyday meals. Plus, the traditional ingredients in vinaigrettes (olive oil and vinegar) are full of health benefits.
Olive oil provides a substantial source of healthy unsaturated fats. These nourish the brain, support the skin and protect your gut lining. Vinegar, on the other hand, helps the body maintain a healthy pH balance, blood sugar balance, and boosts the immune system. Other ingredients like lemon and garlic are packed with potent antioxidants that fight issues like inflammation and aging. Sign me up!
Let’s learn how to incorporate these healthy, flavorful vinaigrettes into your culinary toolbox – the Piemontese way, of course!
The Italians are well-known for their abundant use of olive oil and vinegar. While the word “vinaigrette” is actually French, the method of combining oil and vinegar with salt and spices to flavor and preserve foods goes back to ancient Greek and Roman times.
If the thought of an Italian vinaigrette brings the image of plastic bottles of yellow-orange salad dressing to mind, think again! Traditional Italian dressings are much simpler and fresher than what our American supermarket shelves boast.
Want to try a true Italian dressing? Make my simple Almond-Apricot go-to vinaigrette. It’s packed with healthy ingredients like our low-sugar Anna Maria’s Jam and Mind Your Manna’s incredible immune-boosting vinegar.
*Note: You could swap apple cider vinegar for the Mind Your Manna Fire Brew, but this Fire Brew will change your life! It is made from vinegar that has been infused with nutrient-rich herbs and spices. It tastes amazing, of course, but it also offers tons of amazing benefits for your body.
In a bowl whisk the first 4 ingredients together then add olive oil while whisking.
Before I send you off to make your own vinaigrettes, I wanted to share a few different ways to enjoy your creations outside of a big bowl of salad: