At a large party a long time ago, there was a salad on the table and of course we served ranch. One of the attendees strongly disliked ranch and asked for vinaigrette. The hostess was not about to go and buy some. I dashed into the kitchen and made this in 30 seconds. It was something I'd watched my father make multiple times
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar (my friend had red wine in the house)
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil (a light one is good here)
- Pinch Salt
- 4 grinds of Black Pepper (or three shakes)
- 2 shakes dried Oregano
- Pinch of sugar
I tend to save glass iced tea bottles for making dressing because then I can shake the hell out of it to blend and then taste.
Yes, there is a touch of sugar in here, and if you're avoiding it altogether, you can leave it out. I do find it makes a nice addition, and you only need a tiny bit to work against the tartness of the vinegar.
The 3:1 base is good for starting all kinds of experiments.
I haven't made my own creamy dressing in a while, but it starts with mayonnaise and milk. Unfortunately, I do not remember the proportions I used, but I can tell you there were a lot of herbs and no sugar.
It's easy. You probably have the ingredients for a good dressing in your pantry already. Feel free to mess around!