You can never have too many quick and easy vinaigrette recipes up your sleeve.
Dressings and vinaigrettes are one of the very first homemade items I began making on my own when I began my real food journey. You know I have quite a few dressing recipes up my sleeve. Some of my favorites are my Spicy Mango Vinaigrette, Hot Bacon Vinaigrette, and Lemon Tahini Dressing.
But Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette with a Twist is right up there in the running for tastiest and easiest to make!
Why? Because it has a surprise ingredient that kicks it up a notch. Any guesses what that is?
If you guessed oregano vitality essential oil, you win the grand prize! Okay, you got me. There is no prize this time. But you have my love and respect. And that’s just as good as any old prize. Sort of.
Why not just add plain old fresh oregano or dried oregano, you ask?
Well, it’s simple really. I don’t always have fresh oregano on hand, plus it’s reeeaaallllyy strong. And I don’t particularly care for dried oregano in its uncooked form. When dried, I feel like oregano really benefits from the cooking process. Cooking dried oregano wakes it up, so to speak, after its been sitting dormant in that bottle on a shelf for who knows how long.
So I use oregano vitality essential oil. I always have it. And it just takes about 1 to 2 drops of the stuff to give the vinaigrette a fresh, herby flavor.
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A bit more about oregano oil. Oregano contains the naturally occurring compound, carvacrol, which is a potent antioxidant and can help support healthy liver function! When taken as a dietary supplement, oregano vitality oil can help support a healthy lifetyle and enhance the flavor of foods in savory recipes.
I use it not only in dressings, but in marinades as well. Check out my recipe for Grilled Lemon Oregano Chicken! Okay I like lemon and oregano together, can you tell?
So for the recipe….
What you’ll need:
-two whole lemons, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (I like this kind)
-1 teaspoon dijon mustard
-1 to 2 drops of oregano vitaltiy essential oil. You’ll have to taste it to see how much you like. It’s strong so start with one drop and work your way up!
–sea salt and pepper to taste
Here’s what ya do:
Put it all in a mason jar and shake it up. POOF! Done.
Of course if you want to get fancy you can just put it in a bowl and whisk it, but I prefer the pour and shake method. Taste it, and adjust your seasonings. Use it on top of salads, to dip veggies in, as a condiment alongside meats, or toss it with some rice for a fun and flavorful twist. Store it in the fridge for up to a week (it won’t last that long though).
Enjoy your homemade Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette with a Twist!
Do you make your own dressings? Tell me what kind you like to make in the comments!
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