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How to Make a Vinaigrette

How to Make a Vinaigrette

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It’s time to stop buying salad dressing! Store-bought dressings are filled with sugar and other unnecessary ingredients, and making your own will yield a much fresher, more flavorful dressing. Here, Jacques Pepin shows his recipe and tips for making a basic vinaigrette. You can swap ingredients, using different types of vinegar, using or omitting mustard, shallots, garlic, herbs, etc.


  • 1 minced shallot

  • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1.5 TB good French mustard (we like Maille)

  • 1/8 cup vinegar (like red wine)

  • 1 splash water

  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  • Combine all your ingredients except oil in a jar and shake well.
  • Add the oil at a ratio of 4 parts oil: 1 part vinegar