infographic on making a vinaigrette

There comes a point when you get comfortable enough in the kitchen to work without a recipe. For some people, this point comes early in their cooking experience. They have a natural affinity for throwing ingredients together and turning out something delicious.

For others, it takes a lot of practice in the kitchen to get the hang of what goes together. Knowing the proportions for certain common foods can help with this process. Tossing together a salad is easy for most of us, even those without much skill in the kitchen. Creating a homemade vinaigrette to go with the salad is not as effortless, unless you have a recipe like this one for Orange and Nectarine Salad and Cumin-Shallot Vinaigrette

How would someone go about creating something like Cumin-Shallot Vinaigrette without a recipe? Knowing the proportions of a standard vinaigrette would be helpful. This infographic breaks making a simple vinaigrette down into easy to understand steps.

How easy is this? You just need to remember 6 parts oil, 3 parts acid, 1 part other flavors. Knowing the ratios suddenly makes throwing together a salad dressing easy without having to find a recipe, doesn’t it? It may take some practice to get a blend of flavors that you think is perfect, but if you play with it for a while, you’ll find you’ll be making your own vinaigrette without any directions in no time. 

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.