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Basic Vinaigrette
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This recipe for a basic vinaigrette can be used for making many flavors and types of vinaigrette dressings. Great for salads, bread, sandwiches, marinades, pasta, and vegetables. Use this base recipe and method with different types of herbs, vinegars and oils.

Course: Salads, Sauces
Cuisine: French, American
Keyword: Vegetarian, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free, Sauces, Vegan
Servings: 16 Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups
Calories: 92 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • ¼ cup vinegar (balsamic, red wine vinegar, or rice wine vinegar)
  • ½ shallot finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar optional
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • chopped fresh herbs basil, parsley, tarragon, chives
  1. Mix the vinegar, shallot, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl-measuring glass or vinaigrette bottle.
  2. Add the olive oil and whisk together.
  3. Serve over greens, vegetables, cooked fish or chicken, roasted potatoes, or any number of dishes.
  4. Refrigerate the leftovers and whisk again before using.

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Nutrition Facts
Basic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 Tbsp)
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 83mg3%
Potassium 2mg0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.