Simple Vinaigrette

January 3, 2009 | By | Comments (3)

Vinaigretteck264140lNutritious, balanced, and easy.

These three characteristics are a must around dinner time at our house. So, as you might guess, I’m often throwing together a salad after a busy day of cooking here in the test kitchens of Cooking Light.

In my opinion, a successful salad begins and ends with a great vinaigrette. All the components can vary – type of lettuce, protein, vegetables, etc. With a simple, tasty vinaigrette you can please just about any crowd.

Here’s my go-to vinaigrette recipe, which I use all the time at home:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh shallots
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine/champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Stir together everything but the oil. Then, gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Pour over salad and enjoy!

For more tips on making super salads ideas, read our Build a Smarter Salad story.


  1. orrai

    Excellent, thanks for sharing the Mix Online PDF – what a great resource. I love seeing how other professionals are doing their thing behind the scenes.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:28 am
  2. Keynice

    Oh, no ..It’s so beautiful…
    I like it .

    January 14, 2011 at 1:54 am
  3. Stacy Guthrie, myweddingfilm

    That looks divine Mary! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to see what you ‘whip’ up next! I also like that the recipe is pretty basic in it’s ingredients, you know, stuff you’d already have in the cupboard or fridge, that’s definitely a plus!

    January 3, 2009 at 11:25 pm

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