Go to Salad Dressing

When Mark and I were first married, we traveled quite a bit. I’m so thankful for those early, carefree years because now that we have four children I’m not sure if or when we will have another chance for international vacations. Thankfully, our early married years were in NYC, where we had access to so many affordable international flights.

During that time, we fell in love with France and visited various parts of the country on numerous occasions. I remember on our first visit, I was both surprised and delighted that there were no choices for salad dressings – every salad was dressed exactly the same and they were always delicious.

As a funny aside, I also discovered Pink Lady Apples on that same trip – we thought they were a French thing and bought and ate them every chance we got, only to come home and find them in the produce section of our local Food Emporium – ha!

Fortunately, I also was lucky enough to find a pretty great copy cat recipe of the salad dressing we came to love and I’m sharing it here today. It pairs really well with citrus and savory, but honestly, toss it with a simple plate of greens and serve it next to a gruyere filled omelette and you will feel like you are dining at a Parisian brasserie. It’s really that good!

French Vinaigrette*:

  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Whisk together vinegar, shallot, salt, mustard, and pepper until salt is dissolved. Add oil and whisk or shake (if in a contained jar) until well combined. I’ve made this in the Vitamix as well – mixes up beautifully!

I usually double the recipe and store it in a mason jar in the fridge. It will keep just fine for a week but I doubt you will be able to keep it around that long!


*Originally found on Epicurious. If you are in a pinch and find either you don’t have the ingredients on hand or just can’t pull it together in time, I love to keep Brianna’s salad dressings on hand. The Vinaigrette and Strawberry are both really delicious and work well with most salads. Bon Appetit!


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