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How to Make Herb Infused Vinegar

herb infused vinegar

If ever there is an award for Most Underappreciated Kitchen Staple, I fully intend to nominate vinegar. And my love of vinegar has only increased over the years, using it in everything from marinades for grilled veggies, salad dressings and cleaning products. As it turns out, I was actually underutilizing this culinary powerhouse myself, simply because I didn’t know just how amazing it can be.

Enter herb infused vinegars, which are so simple to make that there really isn’t a reason not to. For years i’ve been using vegan* red wine vinegar, olive oil, with rosemary and garlic as my go-to grilling marinade for eggplant, zucchini and summer squash. This combination has served me well for years, but then I infused my vinegar with the rosemary and garlic for the first time, and I will never go back to not using herb infused vinegars again. The depth of flavor and earthiness you get from the herbs is so much more pronounced once they’ve infused with the vinegar. It’s really a night and day comparison. The flavors are so much richer, fuller and brighter.

The process of making herb infused vinegar is incredibly simple, and the guide below handles pretty much everything you need to know. Below the guide I’ll list some of my favorite combinations, but I highly encourage everyone to try out their favorite herbs.

*Just a note: as many of you likely know, not all vinegar is vegan. Some vinegars, like Balsamic vinegar and malt vinegars, are refined and filtered using whey or isinglass, both of which are made from animals or animal products. It’s always worth digging into the specific brand you like using to make sure it is a vegan vinegar.

Herb Infused Vinegar: How to Infuse
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Preston’s Favorite Herb Infused Vinegar Combinations

  • Apple cider vinegar, rosemary and thyme
  • Red wine vinegar, pear rind and rosemary
  • White vinegar, lemon peel and thyme (My go-to for cleaning)
  • White vinegar, sage and mint

Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip

Vegan ranch dressing with raw veggies

Ranch dressing is challenging to find ready-made in a dairy-free vegan version, so this simple and versatile recipe comes to the rescue. As a dip, this is great with raw veggies; as a dressing, use on green salads, slaws, pasta salads, and potato salads. This makes about a cup of dressing or dip. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

French Dressing

Homemade vegan French dressing

This homemade vegan French dressing is one of my personal favorites for green salads—I hope you’ll agree that this is better than the store-bought variety. It sure is more economical, and is made with ingredients you may already have on hand. Continue Reading…

Parsley Salad Dressing

Parsley Salad Dressing

Filled with vitamin-rich parsley, this herbal salad dressing is good on green salads as well as on steamed vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, and squashes. Many markets sell overly large bunches of herbs like parsley; they’re perishability makes it hard to use them up before they start losing their freshness. This dressing, which can be made oil-free if you prefer, is a great solution. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Garlicky Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe

When you want a vinaigrette that’s more assertive than the basic recipe, try this one, with a generous dollop of grainy mustard. It’s great on any kind of mixed greens salad or potato salads, and is also good for dressing lightly steamed vegetables like broccoli and asparagus. Continue Reading…

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