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Fresh Herb Vinaigrette~ perfect for summer salads…

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides 22 Comments

Summer eating is different than how we eat the rest of the year. For one, we eat out of doors more often, feeling the fresh air and smelling the sun. Secondly, we eat more fresh food, freshly picked from local farms. So we delight in simple ingredients: the flavor of a tomato, the loveliness of butter lettuce, how good basil is.

Salads say summer. And sometimes the salads are not elaborate: just tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, cucumbers, whatever’s growing in the garden or looks good at the farmer’s market.

It’s herbs and/or the right dressing that highlight those simple ingredients and elevate them to another level.

Herbs and edible flowers make summer special. They’re easy and accessible; yet they’re so delicious and exciting. No matter how often we eat fresh herbs we always enjoy and relish them. We talk about them.

This vinaigrette honors that. Sage is abundant right now. It’s an herb we’re harvesting and enjoying often. A few other strong herbs can be subbed in for the sage, if you prefer, or if you’d like to enjoy variety, with this recipe as a base. Rosemary is great. Oregano works well.

(If you have a lot of sage on hand, this recipe for Fried Sage is wonderful. Fried Sage is easy and so pretty. The fried leaves are great for snacking and discussing; or they make an exciting garnish for any dish.)

We enjoy adding more delicate herbs (or edible flowers) to salads too; basil, tarragon, dill, cilantro and parsley are all lovely herbs to toss in with lettuce or with which to decorate a composed salad.

This vinaigrette keeps well in the fridge. So make it for guests and enjoy the leftovers. Or make it for you and enjoy just having it on hand.

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May you enjoy many beautiful outdoor meals this season, and lovely salads…

 

Fresh Sage Vinaigrette
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Servings Prep Time
1-1/8 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-1/8 cups 10 minutes
Fresh Sage Vinaigrette
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1-1/8 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-1/8 cups 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a mason jar or bowl. Put on lid, and shake vigorously; or whisk to combine. Alternately, place all ingredients in the blender for a more emulsified texture, blending for 15 seconds.
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  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I bet this tastes amazing! Homemade vinaigrettes are the best!

  • Renee Kohley

    Ooo this sounds so fresh – love those ingredients! Thank you for the great idea!

  • Beth Martin

    Sounds delicious! We are definitely making the move to salads with dinner as the weather warms up – anything to not have to use the oven or stove.

  • linda spiker

    I love these creamy herb dressings for summer! So fresh and tasty!

  • Susie

    Yum! Definitely in the salad mood. This dressing will be the perfect addition.

  • Marjorieann1977

    Sounds delicious! I just planted some sage – can’t wait to try this!

  • Never used sage in a dressing before. I’ll have to try your recipe! Thx Megan! Love your dressing bottle too!

  • Justin & Erica

    I love this! What a light and refreshing dressing!

  • thefoodhunter

    I think I will make this for dinner tonight! I love it.

  • Chrissy Carroll

    I love homemade dressing – this is another great recipe to add to my list of dressings to make! Thank you!! 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    They really are! Especially with fresh herbs. 😉 Thanks!

  • Megan Stevens

    You’re welcome!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yes! Lots of salads!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yes! 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Great!

  • Megan Stevens

    Oh yay!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you, Karen! xx

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you, enjoy!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, great! Enjoy!

  • Megan Stevens

    You’re welcome, great.

  • We have a weed called garlic mustard. I bet it would taste amazing in this recipe in lieu of the mustard!

  • Megan Stevens

    Ooh, fun option, sounds lovely!!