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Sauce Vinaigrette (French Dressing)

I’ll confess: I quit buying salad dressing when I figured out how to make the creamy white stuff. Turns out, there are so few ingredients, it was easy to do. Oh, and it tastes really, really awesome. For reals.

Julia Child's Sauce Vinaigrette

The other dressing that’s uber simple to make is vinaigrette. Also, it turns out, as I discovered this recipe, by the grand dame herself, Julia Child, that I was also horribly misspelling the word. (Again, a win for my honors english teacher, who is still so proud I’m certain.)

Making this dressing will make you smile. It’s not only dead simple, but easily a one dish endeavor with a simple little mason jar. Um, have I not shared how much I ADORE mason jars? Ok, another post for another day.

I share this super easy recipe with you, and when you make it, don an apron and some pearls if you wish. Or not. But promise me you’ll make it for your next salad. You can do it, honestly.

Sauce Vinaigrette
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Adapted from Julia Child's "Sauce Vinaigrette" from Mastering The Art of French Cooking.
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Large pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs or pinch of dried herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon or mix of your favorites)
  1. Put all ingredients in a small mason jar.
  2. Shake vigorously to blend.
  3. Toss with greens or fresh vegetables.


Cook For Julia

This post is one of a series I’m doing, inspired by the PBS “Cook For Julia” event honoring Julia Child’s 100th birthday. Take a look at what bloggers, chefs, restaurants and others are doing to honor this wonderful inspiring woman and her body of work on her 100th birthday.



Look at that — a recipe that I couldn’t screw up! And yes, the homemade “creamy white stuff” is so much better than what comes in a jar. My mother (@papermommy, to you, Brandie) has always made her own mayo for Passover, and it’s simply delish for making creamy dressings, dips and sauces. That’s something I *don’t* have the skills to make. And now I’m craving salad at almost 1 a.m. Darn you!

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