Place the preserves into a small bowl and whisk vinegar into it. Add poppy seeds to dressing if you are using them. Whisk extra-virgin olive oil into the dressing and season it with salt and pepper. Dress salad and toss to coat evenly then adjust salt and pepper to your taste.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mix all the ingredients for the vinaigrette, except the olive oil. Gradually add in the olive oil while you continue to beat the mixture with a fork or whisk. Mix until the oil and vinegar are well-incorporated. 


Walnut Vinaigrette
Recipe courtesy Family Circle Magazine


Lemon Vinaigrette
by Barefoot Contessa Family Style

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.