This French vinaigrette will let your green salad shine.
Salads are really popular in our house. Prepping for dinner usually involves emptying out the veggie drawer from the fridge, throwing chopped portions of everything together into a bowl, and setting it at the table with a variety of dressings. This French vinaigrette is one of our favorites for its light, fresh flavor. Make sure to use quality ingredients. We use our own herbes de Provence, good quality white wine vinegar and olive oil, and always Dijon mustard. Other kinds of mustard aren’t going to do it; the herbes de Provence and Dijon are what give this the French-inspired flavor you’ll crave.
The perfect opportunity for sharing your kitchen.
We love to prepare our food together; it’s a good chance to be together and chat about our day. Salads are the perfect opportunity. There’s a enough work for everyone to help without getting in each other’s way. Novices can pitch in without worrying there are complicated methods they’ll get wrong.
When you have a dinner party, plan on saving salad prep for some social time in the kitchen before dinner. Get someone whisking this dressing together, and they’ll think they have the best smelling job on the night…just remind them to share.
When we made this to photograph, this happened the second I declared the photos done:
Another minute later, it was all gone. You’ll have the same experience, we promise.
Don’t stop at salad.
Try this out in a dipping bowl with a baguette. We’ve been known to drizzle a little on a ham sandwich, too. Use it as a chicken marinade. It’s not just for green salads, either. If you have someone in your life that doesn’t like mayonnaise, consider using this in a potato or pasta salad. If you find a new way to use it, make sure to leave us a comment to let us know. We are always open to try new things!Print
This French vinaigrette will let your green salad shine and many other culinary uses, too!
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (choose good quality)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon white pepper, or to taste
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the olive oil.
Very slowly drizzle the olive oil in, whisking vigorously.
Transfer to a jar with a tight seal. Shake before each use.
Keywords: French food, salad, salad dressing, vinaigrette, summer dinner, dinner party, side dish, condiment