What’s your take on mustard? Are you like me and love it so much that you have to try every funky kind that you can find? Or do you stick with your one tried and true brand?
I must admit to using Dijon mustard most of the time. And sometimes I love the coarse, grainy kind. But if I’m eating a ham sandwich, then I’m inclined to use honey mustard or a sweet & tangy mustard. And if I am eating a hot dog or a soft pretzel, then nothing but yellow mustard will do. But I always have my eye out for something unique & different to try. And so began my mini mustard collection!
And now having revealed all this to you, you can imagine my disappointment when I come to the bottom of the jar. Scrape as hard as I can, I always feel like I’m leaving a little behind. What a waste of good mustard! But not any more!
If you think you have a teaspoon or two left in your mustard jar, then turn it into a vinaigrette! The basics are the same, but the vinaigrette can take on a variety of flavor depending on the aromatics and vinegar you choose to use.
Here I used white balsamic vinegar, minced garlic and thyme.
Give it a shake. It’s no different than whipping up a vinaigrette in a mason jar. And the mustard is a great emulsifier!
I always find the simplest things are the best. This is no exception. A few common ingredients equal great flavor! This tangy dressing is amazingly light. The mustard is not overpowering and the spices compliment each other beautifully.
It sounds crazy, but this Dijon mustard vinaigrette is so good, I was snarfing up this bowl of butter lettuce like it was cotton candy!
So when you come to the bottom of your mustard jar, stop scraping. But don’t throw out that jar just yet! Turn it into one of the quickest, easiest and most flavorful mustard vinaigrettes you’ll ever taste!
“We all are warned to read labels. The salutary truth is we shouldn’t be eating anything that has a label on it!” T.C.Fry
- 1-2 teaspoons of mustard (remaining in the jar)
- 2 Tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1-2 sprigs of thyme
- salt & pepper to taste.
- Simply place all of the ingredients into your mustard jar and shake. Feel free to experiment and use different vinegars and herbs. Add minced onion or shallots if you like.
Keep it in your community and support your local farmers!