Infused oil vinaigrette
Cooking the oregano and pepper flakes in oil before whisking all the ingredients gives this dressing a special homemade flavor that you will want to share with family and friends.
¼ cup olive oil, plus ½ cup additional olive oil
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Pinch of kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
In a small saucepan add ¼ cup olive oil. Add red pepper flakes and oregano and heat over medium heat. Do not let the oil sizzle, you just want to infuse the oil with the flavor of the spices. Remove from heat and add remaining ½ cup olive oil to cool down the mixture.
Combine the red wine vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, pinch of salt and minced garlic in a small bowl. Set aside while you infuse the oil with spices.
Pour the infused oil into the vinegar mixture and whisk until smooth.
Note: you can also add the ingredients to a small mason jar and shake to combine.
Pour warm vinaigrette over salad or set aside and use later. Either way this dressing is a winner.