How To Make a Classic French Vinaigrette

by zesty on March 13, 2013 · 6 comments

Middle of the week is here.

Spring is en route.  Weather is warming up.

Salads are in season.

Dressings are a must.

I am going to show you how to make a classic vinaigrette in five minutes or less.  This can be the basis for all your dressings and you can just tweak and add different flavors.


Here is a simple vinaigrette where I added lemon juice and dried oregano and red pepper flakes with a hint of honey for balance and a different spin on a classic.

Remember, there is no need to buy expensive dressings at the grocery store.  With just a few everyday ingredients you can create custom and delicious flavor each and every time.


  • 1 Garlic Clove, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. Grainy mustard
  • 1/2 Cup Cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, mustard and vinegar.
  2. While whisking the vinegar mixture, slowly drizzle the olive oil until combined.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Store in a sealed container and refrigerate for up to a week.  Return to room temperature before using.

Customize your Dressing

  1. Add fresh herbs from the garden
  2. Go with citrus juice.  I often add fresh orange, lemon or lime juice ( along with the zest)
  3. Drop in some finely chopped shallots
  4. How about a drizzle of honey.
  5. Switch up the vinegars for totally differently flavor

Another great technique and less work – I do this all the time.  Grab a covered jar, like a mason jar, and just place all ingredients in the jar.  Put the cover on and shake for 30 seconds.  Because there is mustard in the dressing it will act as a binding agent and help bring the dressing together.  Do note that if you let the dressing sit on the counter for a while before serving, it will break apart and separate.  A simple shake before serving will do the trick.

Alright, back at it…  Have an awesome Wednesday.

Take care



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