Basic Herb Vinaigrette


1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon fried herbs, such as basil, chives, Kosher salt and freshly ground white or


Pour the mustard vinegar mixture into a blender and add the oil, herbs and seasonings. Blend for about 10 seconds or until fully combined.
Transfer to a glass bowl or jar and let stand for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Whisk the dressing once more before serving.




Stephen Long's picture

I don't understand! The article states a rule of thumb about proportions, and then immediately violates it. Rather than 3:1, oil:acid, the recipe calls for 1-1/3:1. This is far to acidic, especially if paired with wine. Julia Child recommended "dry martini proportions" of 5:1. Deborah Madison's classic Meyer lemon vinaigrette is 2:1, but Meyers have only 1/2 to 2/3 the acidity of wine vinegars, which are typically 5 or 6% acid.

Sheri Wetherell's picture

My error, Stephen, sorry! I meant to put 3/4 cup instead of 1/3. I've edited. Thanks for catching my mistake :)


The key to a good vinaigrette is the "3:1 rule" - 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. If the vinegar is a highly acidic one, then you can adjust accordingly. Lemon juice may also be used in place of vinegar. Mustard is also an important component in a vinaigrette as it acts as an emulsifier, thus preventing the oil and vinegar from separating.


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