Caramelized Shallot Vinaigrette

Makes 1/2 cup

This makes a rich sauce for our simple Grilled Asparagus.


  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 3 shallots, peeled and diced

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until shallots are caramelized and tender but still retain some crunch, about 10 minutes; set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, combine mustard and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in oil until combined; stir in shallots.

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