Smoky Chile Vinaigrette

Try this homemade vinaigrette on your farm-fresh vegetables.


  • 2/3 cup canola or corn oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp. good quality chile powder, sweet or hot according to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 or 2 drops liquid smoke or a pinch of smoked salt
  • salt to taste (omit or use less if using smoked salt)
  • 1/2 T. minced fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded; or 1 T. minced, seeded mild pepper, such as anaheim or sweet banana
  • 1 T. minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 T. minced red onion

Combine all ingredients in a jar, seal tightly and shake vigorously to blend. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to blend. Shake again before serving.

Dressing can be used for up to two weeks when stored in the refrigerator. Makes approximately 1 cup.

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