Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

This lovely vinaigrette is bright with lemon juice, sweet honey and fresh parsley.

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, pressed
¾ cup olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Whisk together lemon juice, zest, honey, parsley, mustard and garlic in a small bowl.

2. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Use immediately, or chill for a later use. If chilled, allow vinaigrette to come to room temperature again, then whisk again to combine.

Crème Fraîche Salad Dressing

Creamy, yet light, this dressing is fantastic tossed with greens and thinly-sliced radish.

Ingredients:
¼ cup crème fraîche
¾ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1-2 scallions, white parts only finely-minced, or 1 shallot, peeled and finely-minced
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and pepper

Method:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, olive oil, and honey.

2. Add the scallion or shallot, vinegar, salt, and pepper and whisk again. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste, or a touch more vinegar if you prefer your dressing on the acidic side.

Chive Blossom Vinegar

This punchy vinegar is fantastic incorporated into salad dressings; just swap it one-to-one with your favorite vinegar in recipes!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chive blossoms
1 cup white wine vinegar

Method:
1. Soak chive blossoms in water to clean, then dry them using a salad spinner.

2. Place chive blossoms into a large canning jar so that the jar is filled about halfway with blossoms. Fill jar with the vinegar, covering the blossoms completely.

3. Let blossoms steep in the vinegar at least overnight or up to several days in a cool, dark place. Strain blossoms from vinegar and pour liquid into a clean jar. Refrigerate for the longest shelf life (the vinegar should last several weeks in the fridge).

Summer Red Wine Vinaigrette

File this one away: This versatile vinaigrette pairs beautifully with summer veggies and salads.

Ingredients:
Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons combined chopped fresh herbs of your choice, such as parsley, oregano and basil

Method:
1. Whisk together the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, vinegar and honey in a medium bowl until combined.

2. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, until the vinaigrette is smooth and thickened. Stir in the chopped herbs and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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