Thursday, November 30, 2006

Simple Mixed Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette

Category: Salad
Style: Fusion
Difficulty: Easy
Portion: Serves 8

1 lb washed mixed salad leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
salt and pepper to taste

To make vinaigrette, put all ingredients in a jar with a tight lid. Shake until all blended.
To serve, dress and toss salad leaves with vinaigrette, put on a plate.

You can adjust the taste of the vinaigrette by changing the amount of each ingredient. Do some experiment to create your best proportion. Try adding some honey too.
The base for a vineigrette consist of an equal amount of oil (olive oil here) and acid (lemon juice here. Vinegar is also common). The rest of the ingredients are all flavour enhencer. Some people like adding mustard too. What I usually do is: select an acid, add oil, and open my pantry cupboard and pour in whatever I feel like right. Be creative.

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