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Italian dressing in United States cooking is a vinaigrette-type salad dressing consisting of an emulsion of water, oil, vinegar or lemon juice, salt, pepper, minced onions and bell peppers, and a variety of herbs and spices including garlic, oregano, fennel, and dill. It is often bought bottled, or prepared by mixing oil and vinegar with a packaged flavoring mix consising of dehydrated vegetables and herbs. The word vinaigrette (from the French language) can refer to: An emulsion of vinegar (or sometimes lemon juice) and vegetable oil, often flavored with herbs, spices, and other ingredients. ... —Cleopatra, in Shakespeares Antony and Cleopatra, 1606 A salad is a food item generally served either prior to or after the main dish as a separate course, as a main course in itself, or as a side dish accompanying the main dish. ... Water (from the Old English word wæter; c. ... Vegetable oil or vegoil is fat extracted from plant sources, known as oil plants. ... Vinegar is often infused with spices or herbs—as here, with oregano. ... Binomial name Citrus X limon {{{author}}} Lemons are the citrus fruit from the tree Citrus X limon. ... A magnified crystal of salt In chemistry, salt is a term used for ionic compounds composed of positively charged cations and negatively charged anions, so that the product is neutral and without a net charge. ... Look up Pepper in Wiktionary, the free dictionary There are several completely different plants referred to by the name of pepper; most are used in food for the hot sensation that the chemical piperine or capsaicin induces on the tongue. ... Binomial name Allium cepa L. Onion in the general sense can be used for any plant in the Genus Allium but used without qualifiers usually means Allium cepa L., also called the garden onion. ... Binomial name Capsicum annuum L. Bell pepper is cultivar of the species Capsicum annuum, as are the jalapeño and pimento. ... Binomial name Allium sativum L. Garlic (Allium sativum) is a perennial plant in the family Alliaceae and genus Allium, closely related to the onion, shallot, and leek. ... Binomial name Origanum vulgare L. Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a spicy, Mediterranean, perennial herb, particularly common in Greek and Italian cuisines. ... Binomial name Foeniculum vulgare Mill. ... Binomial name Anethum graveolens L. Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a short-lived annual herb, native to southwest and central Asia. ...


The U.S.-style Italian dressing is unknown in Italy. Salad is normally dressed at table with olive oil, vinegar, salt, and sometimes black pepper, and not with a pre-mixed vinaigrette. For the cartoon character, see Olive Oyl. ... Vinegar is often infused with spices or herbs—as here, with oregano. ... A magnified crystal of salt In chemistry, salt is a term used for ionic compounds composed of positively charged cations and negatively charged anions, so that the product is neutral and without a net charge. ... Binomial name Piper nigrum L. Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. ...


 
 

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