Basic Vinaigrette

Basic Vinaigrette

A basic vinaigrette deserves a permanent spot in every cook's repertoire. Ready in minutes and fine to keep in the fridge for weeks, it can totally change a salad. And it's highly adaptable. Add garlic or tarragon in place of the mustard, or infuse it with other herbs. For a creamy dressing, replace the oil with buttermilk, crème fraîche or mayonnaise. Some chefs even use vegetable purées or nut milks in place of the oil.
  • Total:
  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Pour vinegar into a shallow bowl. Whisk in salt.
  2. Step 2

    Gradually whisk in olive oil. Adding it slowly will help the dressing emulsify. Whisk in the mustard, if using.
  3. Step 3

    Add a few grinds of black pepper and taste. Add more of whatever you think it needs, a bit at a time. (Too tart? Add oil. Too bland? Add salt and vinegar.)