Dijon Tarragon Dream – With Variations
1/2 Cup of Cold Pressed Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Champagne Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1-2 Garlic Cloves, or more to taste
1 Tsp. Fresh Tarragon, finely chopped
Spices of Your Choice: Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper (or regular,) thyme, celery seed( a little bit,) or any experimentation with your favorite flavors
First, if you really want to go for it, you can prepare your olive oil in advance. I try to make olive oil mixtures to add to dressings so the olive oil really has a chance to soak up the flavors of the spices. So, use a sealable jar or a decorative decanter to mix the oil with your spices. Let it sit for 1-2 weeks. Then prepare your dressing as follows, but omit the spice adding. If you do not wish to take this step, just add the spices as instructed.
Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl with a wire whisk. Immediately toss your salad in the dressing. pour it over whatever you are serving, or divide it up into little serving bowls for your diners. If you want to prepare your dressing hours in advance, you can pour the mixture slowly into the blender to emulsify it. It will all hold until dinner and save for about a week.
You can substitute Veganaise, the variety made with grapeseed oil, for the mustard if you want it creamy or add 2 Tbsp. of it to this recipe for a unique flavor.
You can also substitute 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar for the champagne and mustard to give it a different kick. There are many varieties of flavors you can add to your veggies. Play around and experiment, just make it yourself!