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Oil & Vinegar Dressing

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  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • a whole host of optional ingredients below

Combine everything in a clean canning jar or a fancy cruet, or a clean ketchup bottle, or whatever you have handy. Chill for a bit,and it is done. This is as basic as you get. You can add additional seasonings to this if you like, but if you don't want to, it is mighty tasty just like this.

I usually only add one thing to it: garlic; usually 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Some times I add onion powder (1 teaspoon) or dry mustard (1/2 teaspoon) too. Paprika (1/2 teaspoon) or basil or tarragon are nice to add too, but only if you feel adventurous. My favorite way is just plain, with garlic. Sometimes I have heard of people adding ketchup (2 tablespoons) but I have never actually done this. Starting with this basic recipe, your imagination can go anywhere you like. Lemon or lime juice may be substituted for all or part of the vinegar. More sugar may be added, as well as celery seed, or poppy seed. Let your taste buds guide you. Start off with 1/4 teaspoon of whichever seasoning you want to add and taste the combination. Add more if you consider it appropriate, usually 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until it tastes right to you. Write down any really excellent combinations so you can reproduce them again. Get them greens ready for a blast of creativity. Happy Seasoning!

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