Basic Vinaigrette for Green Salads

Photo: Charles Schiller
Makes 2/3 cup

This is a good vinaigrette for a simple green salad. Use extra-virgin olive oil if you prefer a fruitier flavor.


  • 2 tablespoons good-quality white-wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning

  • 6 tablespoons good-quality olive oil


  1. Combine the vinegar, mustard, shallot, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Allow the ingredients to macerate for 10 minutes.

  2. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until the mixture is emulsified. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.

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