Vinaigrettes

Starting a web page for recipes involving vinegar?  Well then, the natural place to start is with vinaigrettes!  I mean, then name "vinaigrette" itself basically means "little vinegar", right?
The best part about making a vinaigrette is that, being such a  simple thing to make, you can make just enough for the meal in front of you!  This means that you don't have the serious emotional (and monetary!) investment in it every time you make it, so you can really let your imagination run wild.  Wanna toss in some cumin just to see if it adds a little something?  Go for it!  Want to switch up the honey with maple syrup? You betcha!  Want to add a little minced horseradish?  The salad is your oyster!  Want to use a different brand of vinegar?
Let's not get crazy here....
So what I've done here is to just create a basic recipe for each of my fruit vinegars (Ida Red Wine Vinegar and June Apple Cider Vinegar....beer vinegar recipes coming soon).  You can use these as is, and they're quite tasty (if I do say so myself), or you can use them as a jumping-off point for your own unique take on them.  So here you are:
Ida Red's Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup of good olive oil
1/4 cup Ida Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp. good dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
pinch of oregano
June Apple Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup of good olive oil
1/4 June Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tbsp. honey (wildflower honey is good, but lavender honey really adds some subtle notes!)
1 tsp lemon juice
dash of salt and pepper
Instructions:
For both of these recipes, simply combine the ingredients and whisk or blend them.  The honey will mix much more easily if it's warmed up first.  It's that easy!  2 minutes and you're in salad heaven.  Any extra you have will store in the pantry fine, but the oil and other ingredients will separate pretty quickly, so I suggest storing them in jars or bottles with tight lids that you can grab and shake up right before you use them.
Enjoy!  If you decide to try something crazy with these recipes and it really works (or, for that matter, if it sounds like a good idea and it turns out to be awful), let me know!  I'd love to hear what you've done.

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