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Lesson Overview

All chefs and seasoned cooks make their own vinaigrettes and dressings. They are extremely easy to make and most importantly, the cook is in complete control of what goes into them.

Most manufactured vinaigrettes and dressings contain a long list of unnatural ingredients and preservatives. Wh…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • identify commonly used oils and acids used to make vinaigrette
  • describe the difference between stable and unstable emulsions
  • make a basic vinaigrette and learn how to vary it

Course Syllabus

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1. Salad Dressing & Vinaigrette 3 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Unstable vs. Stable Emulsions 3 mins
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4. Oils for Vinaigrettes & Dressings 3 mins
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5. Acids for Vinaigrettes & Dressings 3 mins
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6. How to Make a Basic Vinaigrette 20 mins
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7. How to Vary a Vinaigrettes 20 mins
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8. Matching Oils & Vinegars to Greens 2 mins
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9. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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10. Lesson Quiz 10 mins
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Finish Line 1 hr 51 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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What People Are Saying

Default profile "I really needed this lesson. Didn't know this could be so easy!" ★★★★★
Default profile "this was hard, because of the trick questions! LOL! but I learned a lot," ★★★
Default profile "Very informational on the topic and helpful in teaching all about it" ★★★★★
Default profile "Great course - the best meal I ever made so far, Warm Salmon Salad Niçoise!!!" ★★★★★
Default profile "Excellent. Now you can make all types of dressings and emulsions." ★★★★★
Default profile "I've always wanted to make my own vinaigrette, but I didn't know exactly how to get the taste at the restaurants. This was the easiest course I've ever had with step by step instructions. I hope to perfect my own favorite vinaigrette like the Good Seasonings Garlic and Herb." ★★★★★
Default profile "Still practicing the vinaigrette and using different oils and putting different flavors in it. So far doing pretty good as far as results. Looks like I won’t be buying dressing at the store anymore. Loved learning this." ★★★★★
Default profile "Kitchen garden tiny, love having some fresh herbs to add. Experimenting with great lessons." ★★★★★
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23 Videos | 10 Tasks
Task 1: Salad Dressing & Vinaigrette
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: Unstable vs. Stable Emulsions
Task 4: Oils for Vinaigrettes & Dressings
Task 5: Acids for Vinaigrettes & Dressings
Task 6: How to Make a Basic Vinaigrette
Task 7: How to Vary a Vinaigrettes
Task 8: Matching Oils & Vinegars to Greens

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