How to Make Tarragon Salad Dressing

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Tarragon is a bittersweet, licorice-flavored herb that is used in sauces and stocks. It is also known for its anti-flatulent properties so it can be added to bean dishes and chili. Tarragon gives Dijon mustard its distinctive flavor and blends well with vinegar. Here's a simple salad dressing that adds an elegant touch to a Romaine or red leaf salad.


How to Make Tarragon Salad Dressing

Step 1

Wash and finely chop the herb, if using fresh tarragon, to make 2 tablespoons.

Step 2

Measure oil and vinegar and put into a jar that has a lid.

Step 3

Add sugar, herbs and spices.

Step 4

Close tightly and shake well.

Step 5

Use immediately as salad dressing, or store in refrigerator and shake well before pouring over salad.

Tips and Warnings

This is also a good marinade to use for fish, since tarragon takes the "fishy" flavor away. Just pour over 3-4 fresh fish filets such as cod, tilapia or sole in a baking dish, dot with butter, and bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with fork Discard any unused dressing after 4-5 days.

Things You'll Need

1/2 cup olive oil or salad oil, 1/3 cup rice vinegar, 3 tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp dried tarragon or 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper, 1 jar with lid (such as clean mayonnaise jar)

About this Author

Claire Bush is a freelance writer and author of "Dining in Arizona - 101 Great Places to Eat (Primer Publishers, 2005). She is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic and is a working chef in Sun City, Arizona.

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