simple french vinaigrette


There is no better accompaniment to a well-prepared main dish than a simply dressed salad. I usually make up double or triple batch of this recipe and keep it on hand in the fridge. Wash a few leaves of lettuce, slice a tomato and dress with this vinaigrette for the perfect salad (in my estimation, anyway).

Simple French Vinaigrette


  • 1 medium-sized shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 medium-sized lemon, juiced
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Peel shallot and finely mince. Put in mason jar with a lid.
  2. Put all other ingredients in the jar. Shake.
  3. Dressing keeps in jar in fridge for about a week.

2 Responses to “simple french vinaigrette”

  1. 1 shannon

    The Alsobrooks are trying this on our farm share greens tonight!

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