NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12:  Ina Garten speaks onstage during a talk with Helen Rosner at the 2019 New Yorker Festival on October 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
Skip The Grocery Store Trip And Make Ina Garten's Lemon Vinaigrette
By Carly Weaver
Homemade salad dressing may require more effort and not last as long, but store-bought dressing often costs more, and you don’t have control over the ingredients, preservatives, dyes, and nutrients it contains. Thankfully, Ina Garten has a vinaigrette recipe that requires only four pantry staples, and she says it "couldn't be easier."
To make the vinaigrette, whisk together some "good" olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, and pepper until combined. Garten explains in her Instagram video of the recipe that she gets the whole vinaigrette prepared in one dish and one go, saying, "I actually make it in a measuring cup, so I can measure and mix at the same time."
She also suggests pouring the dressing into the salad bowl before adding the lettuce and other ingredients so you’ll have a freshly-dressed salad when you're ready to mix it all. With all that said, make sure not to use bottled lemon juice, as freshly squeezed lemon juice contains more vitamin C, folate, potassium, and zero preservatives, and it tastes more acidic.