homemade vinaigrette…

February 9, 2009

homemade vinaigrette
{photos by me}i love homemade vinaigrette.
growing up, my mom always made homemade vinaigrette.
we never had store bought dressing in the house.

last night we had a big french dinner for my dad’s birthday party [he’s a frenchie].
he specifically requested i make a big platter of vegetables with oeufs mimosa [the french version of deviled eggs, i’ll share the recipe later]

[this was just one of the platters..]i made a little extra vinaigrette for the salad, so i gifted him his own jar of homemade vinaigrette as part of his birthday gift.

here’s the recipe if you are interested. the key to making a good vinaigrette i think, is using quality ingredients.

{my favorite vinaigrette}
adapted from this recipe

makes 1 cup [8 ounces]

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard [i prefer maille brand]
1/2 tsp coarse salt [like sea salt]
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp sugar [i like to use powdered sugar because it blends well]
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp walnut oil [found locally at target]

in a small bowl whisk together first five ingredients well. slowly drizzle in oils as you whisk allowing the dressing to emulsify. or combine all in a jar and shake well.

*optional add-ins depending on the salad you are serving: minced shallots, fresh herbs [chives, thyme, basil, parsley], garlic, bleu cheese.


if you want to learn more about making vinaigrette, check out my recent cafe zupas post.
click here.

7 thoughts on “homemade vinaigrette…

  1. jenjen

    I LOVE homemade vinaigrette! I will be making that recipe soon. Thanks! I also wanted to say how much I love your blog. I love those blog buttons you posted about last week and the tutorial on how to make your pictures larger. Very helpful. Thanks again!


  2. Barbie

    Yum, delish. I appreciate good vin. recipes since my boy is allergic to milk and eggs. Thanks for all your fabulous ideas. You are great.

  3. Carrian

    YUM! We love homemade the best. You should check out the strawberry salad with the citrus dressing on my blog. Can’t wait to try this one tomorrow!


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