Salad Dressing

How to Make Salad Dressing Like the French

Making your own salad dressing is not only a cheap alternative to store-bought vinaigrettes, but it’s also very French! The following recipe is a classic French trick taught to me by one of my favorite Parisian friends.

It’s tasty, eco-friendly, and simple.

Here’s what you need:

  1. A jar of mustard (I like dijon) that you’ve pretty much finished
  2. A tasty olive oil
  3. A nice vinegar (I like balsamic, but red wine vinegar works too with a pinch of sugar)
  4. Salt and pepper

Fill about 3/4 of the jar with oil and about 1/4 of the jar with vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Close the lid on the jar. Shake.

Et voilà! A great vinaigrette with a distinctly French taste. Put it on salads or use it as a marinade on a steak; it’s one of my favorite tricks of the trade.

Do you make your own salad dressing? What’s your recipe?

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  1. Add a small finely minced shallot and 1/2 small clove of garlic, minced, is also good with a simple vinaigrette.

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  2. Chuck Woods says:

    Same basic recipe. Tweak the flavor by adding a 3/4 tsp. of your favorite herb mixture from the grocery store. Substitute the vinegar with any citrus juice. Freshens a lot of standard dishes. And for Jennifer, garlic, garlic, garlic.

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