Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

Rich, tangy and slightly sweet, balsamic vinaigrette is the salad dressing of choice for many diners. Since this is one of the most popular dressings around, learning how to make a basic form of balsamic vinaigrette should be a must-do for any novice wanting to learn to cook online.

Once you become more confident in your culinary academy skills, you can make more refined and unique versions of this kitchen staple – including versions with maple syrup, bacon, shallots, strawberry or garlic.

However, despite its complex flavor, the most basic form of this dressing is simple to make:

¼ teaspoon brown or granulated sugar (you choose, either will work)
Olive oil
½ teaspoon salt and pepper each
Balsamic vinegar

What to do:
Take two tablespoons of the vinegar and place them in a medium-sized bowl. (Make sure to save the bowl to toss the salads in later). Add a few pinches of salt, a few cracks of  black pepper and the sugar. Vigorously whisk these ingredients together while pouring the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Once the vinaigrette turns a darker shade of brown, taste it. If it’s too acidic, continue to add more olive oil under you reach a desired taste and consistency.

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