Basic Vinaigrette

1/2 cup olive oil (Extra Virgin has a stronger flavor & will solidify when refrigerated)

1/4 cup vinegar

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 teaspoon low sodium Dijon mustard

1-2 teaspoons honey

1 clove crushed garlic

1-2 tablespoons water

Combine ingredients in jar & shake or whisk together in bowl.

By changing the vinegars and/or oils, adding different herbs, using different sweeteners, or substituting different ingredients for the mustard & water, you can come up with a variety of flavors. For example, changing out just a couple of tablespoons of plain olive oil with a flavored oil will add an entirely new dimension. Similarly, using a flavored vinegar or citrus juice for the acidic ingredient will do the same. Instead of honey for the sweetening, consider using brown sugar, maple syrup, or even jams/jellies. Pepper jelly adds a nice combination of sweet & spicy. And ketchup or even mayonnaise can be substituted for the mustard.