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Martha's Favorite Vinaigrette


This classic salad dressing also makes a fine sauce for vegetables, such as steamed green beans, and main dishes, such as broiled chicken or fish.

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  • Yield: Makes 1 cup

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2003


  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and sugar.

  2. Slowly add olive oil, whisking until emulsified. Or shake the ingredients in a jar, or whirl them in a blender.

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  • MS10807514
    9 SEP, 2016
    Easy and tasty. I used this on a bean & corn salad. I used white balsamic instead of white wine vinegar and a country dijon mustard.
  • giangiulio
    24 MAR, 2013
    too much mustard overwhelms. I used to make a dressing like this years ago and it was much more subtle and the other flavors were evident.
  • alligro
    24 DEC, 2012
    This a an amazing but very simple dressing. Reminds me of Paris... I sometimes add a minced clove of garlic...if I have basil in the garden, I may add it. This is the basis of a very fine simple green salad...
  • megansmaking
    20 MAY, 2012
    This dressing was good, but I really prefer the garlic parmesan one with lemon more. A good tasting dressing, but nothing more. Go above and beyond and try out some of the other ones.