Classic French Vinaigrette

Simple, bright flavors are the hallmark of this vinaigrette. Toss it with tender, leafy greens and serve as a light side salad.


  • 1/2 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine in a large bowl or jar the shallot, Dijon mustard, salt, lemon juice, and red-wine vinegar. Whisk together to combine well. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Store jar in refrigerator if making ahead and shake well before using.
  3. Serve with 2 large heads Bibb, butter, or romaine lettuce that has been washed and dried well. Tear lettuce leaves into bite-size pieces and toss with dressing.
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