My French Mother-in-law taught me this Easy Vinaigrette Recipe and it is my go-to for green salads, rice salads and even potato salads. So good. So quick to make. And really so very – very – easy. We always have a container of vinaigrette in the fridge for weeknight salads and guest-worthy weekend dinners. You will love this recipe…
Easy Vinaigrette Recipe
Aside: do you call it vinaigrette or French dressing?
You will need:
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 6 tbsp vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: herbs du Provence
Spoon Dijon mustard into a bowl and add red wine vinegar. Using a fork, stir well to combine the two ingredients. Then slowly (slowly is key) drip in oil while constantly beating the mustard/vinegar mixture with a fork. Stir rapidly until the oil and mustard/vinegar mixture combine. Add in salt, pepper, and herbs.
Should you pour your oil in (instead of slowly dripping it in) the ingredients will separate. Not good. If this happens, re-start the process with a clean bowl. Re-start the ingredient additions up to the vinegar and then instead of adding oil – add the separated mustard/oil mixture from your previous batch (adding it SLOWLY).
You can double and triple this recipe to make bigger batches of this Easy Vinaigrette Recipe and store in your fridge (it will keep for weeks in the fridge). It’s a great alternative to mayo in a potato salad (and perfect for hot summer days as you don’t have to worry about this Easy Vinaigrette Recipe turning bad in heat as you would with mayo). It’s also really good as a dip for avocados.
I used this Easy Vinaigrette Recipe just last night with a rice salad – and it was fantastic. Not to mention how well it marries with a basic garden salad.