Espiau’s Vinaigrette

Espiau’s Vinaigrette

In the 1970s and 1980s, our family would frequently make the drive to Pomona to eat at Espiau’s Mexican Restaurant.  At that time it was located on the west end of Holt.  The restaurant dates back to the early 20th century and was founded by an early Pomona Valley pioneer.  The business moved to the Claremont in the 1990s and can still be found in the Claremont Village.  Our family’s favorite dish there is the Tostada Salad.  Their tostada is unique.  Instead of salsa, their’s is topped with a vinaigrette.  This recipe is my attempt to replicate their dressing.

1 cup red wine vinegar
3 tbsp water
¾ cup vegetable oil1
⅓ cup sugar2
2 tbsp Lowry’s seasoned salt
1 tbsp onion powder
¼ tsp black pepper, finely ground
¼ tsp dried oregano

Place all ingredients in a jar; shake to combine. Allow several hours for flavors to meld. Store in refrigerator.

1Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil can be substituted, but become semi-sold in the refrigerator and require time at room temperature or under warm water to return to a liquid state.
2Substitute monk fruit sweetener for a low calorie/carbohydrate version.

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