March 12, 2021

French Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Wooden Salad bowl with frisee lettuce and vinaigrette dressing

French Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

This is a simple version of vinaigrette dressing I adopted from my mother-in-law in France.   This recipe is simple enough for every day and takes just minutes to make. 

 Watch the recipe video here.



3 parts extra virgin olive oil

1 part sherry vinegar

1 1/2 tsp of Dijon Mustard- Amora brand recommended

1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

Celtic Salt or Sea Salt

Fresh ground pepper


The quantities are guidelines, I never measure, and after you make it a few times, you won't either.

1. In this order, in a salad bowl, add olive oil, vinegar, Dijon, garlic, sea salt, and pepper.  Stir with the spoon that you used to add the mustard. 

Wooden Salad Bowl with French vinaigrette dressing inside

2. Add the lettuce on top of the dressing right before serving.   If you combine them too soon, the lettuce will "cook" in the dressing.

3. Place the bowl on the table, toss the salad well (a good job for kids) and serve.

Wooden salad bown with mixed greens, and a vinaigrette dressing under t he mixed greens

 I often cook "au pif", as we say in France, which means without a recipe.  You’ll find this style of cooking helps you cook faster and makes cooking easier. With many recipes, you don’t need exact measurements, just a little kitchen intuition.

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