LEMON DIJON VINAIGRETTE
LivFarms’ Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette is a zesty and invigorating dressing, perfect for adding a burst of flavor to your salads. Its tangy lemon base, combined with the sharp and creamy Dijon mustard, creates a harmonious balance that's both refreshing and slightly spicy. The touch of honey adds a subtle sweetness that rounds out the acidity, while the oregano infuses the dressing with a hint of earthy, herbal notes. This vinaigrette pairs exceptionally well with crisp LivFarms’ romaine lettuce, as its robust leaves can hold up to the bold flavors without being overwhelmed. To complement this dressing, consider adding salad ingredients that can stand up to its vibrant character, such as crunchy cucumber, sweet cherry tomatoes, and creamy avocado. A sprinkle of feta cheese could also add an excellent textural contrast, making your salad not just a side dish but a standout meal.
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a small bowl or a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine ¼ cup fresh lemon juice.
- Slowly pour in ⅓ cup of olive oil while continuously whisking the mixture. If using a jar, you can secure the lid and shake the ingredients to emulsify.
- Add 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard to the mixture. Dijon mustard not only adds a tangy flavor; but also helps in emulsifying the dressing.
- Incorporate 2 teaspoons of honey to balance the acidity and add a touch of sweetness to the vinaigrette.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of dried oregano into the mix. The dried oregano will impart a delightful herbaceous flavor to the dressing.
- Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste. Start with a pinch of each and adjust according to your preference.
- Whisk the ingredients together thoroughly or secure the lid on the jar and shake until the dressing is well combined.
- Taste the vinaigrette and make any necessary adjustments. If you prefer a more pronounced flavor, you can add extra lemon juice, mustard, honey, or seasonings.
- Once you achieve the desired balance of flavors, transfer the vinaigrette to a dressing bottle or jar.
- Store the vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Before each use, give it a good shake to blend any separated ingredients.
Oregano is a versatile herb known for its bold and robust flavor profile, featuring a combination of earthy, peppery, and slightly bitter notes with a hint of citrus. In the context of this Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette, the oregano complements the lemony brightness and the savory depth of the Dijon mustard, creating a well-balanced and flavorful dressing. Nutritionally, oregano is a rich source of antioxidants, including vitamin K, which is essential for bone health, and various compounds with potential anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Additionally, oregano contains small amounts of fiber, iron, manganese, and calcium. From a health perspective, oregano has been associated with several benefits. Its compounds have demonstrated antimicrobial properties, potentially helping to fight off harmful bacteria. Oregano also contains rosmarinic acid and thymol, which may have anti-inflammatory effects. Including oregano in your diet can contribute to overall wellbeing and may support a healthy immune system.