Thursday, April 16, 2009

Vinaigrette Dressing Secrets

In France, while there are the bottled salad dressings in the supermarkets, the most popular, easiest and least expensive salad dressing is the vinaigrette.

Here are the basics to make a great one:

3 Tablespoons Oil (favorites are Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Walnut Oil)
1 Tablespoon of something acidic such as any type vinegar (red wine vinegar being the classic), lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

This is the basic recipe.

Other additions:
Dijon Mustard for a bit of creaminess (the whole grain is great!)
Herbs such as Rosemary, chives (chive flowers are spicy), tarragon, chervil, or get a mixture of Herbes de Provence
Fresh herbs from the garden. I grow lavender, mint, basil, parsley and chives.
I would add these 1/4 teaspoon at a time until I get the flavor and consistency that I want.


  1. It will be weird if you put grapefruit or orange juice, same thing for the mayonnaise :s

  2. The orange juice adds some sweetness as well as the grapefruit juice (although a little less) and either are great in a spinach salad with some chopped walnuts and strawberries. As for the mayonnaise, I suggest you use it if you want a creamy dressing. The beauty of this recipe and cooking in general is to experiment and try different things. Not everything will appeal to everyone.