Monday, April 15, 2013

Spring Herb Vinaigrette

Ever wish you could bottle up the essence of spring? We do too, and this is basically the best we could do: a zesty vinaigrette filled with finely chopped spring herbs.
We are always looking for a good dressing to add a little panache to a ho-hum side salad at dinner. With springy chives, mint, and basil, this dressing will adoring our salads all season along, and perhaps beyond. You should use a mixture of whatever herbs you have on hand, as this recipe is easily adaptable. Don't have a shallot? No worries. Leave it out, or sub in a clove of garlic. Anything goes.

Spring Herb Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tb Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chives, mint, and basil, finely chopped
  • 1 small shallot
1. Combine vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a bowl. In a slow and steady stream, add the olive oil to the bowl, whisking until blended. Whisk in herbs and shallot.
2. Use right away, or refrigerate up to a day. Mix well before serving.
Makes one cup.


  1. This is the perfect summertime salad dressing! I love that it is full of herbs. Sounds delicious!

  2. Thanks, Justine! There is a foot of snow outside, so we are just longing for that spring/summer weather!

  3. My herb plants are recovering from the California winter and beginning to sprout new growth. Can't wait to try your lush salad dressing with tender spring greens!

  4. We have two feet of snow outside our window. But I'm still going to try this yummy recipe.

  5. Sounds like a great dressing for a salad! Pretty presentation, too! Pinned!

  6. this looks perfect for a spring evening!

  7. Dulcie,
    My 9 year old has been wandering in our garden picking ingredients to make herby dressings lately. My favorite comment she made was... "it tastes like the garden. right mom?" That's what you have here - a taste of the garden.
    Great shots, by the way! Boy do I love spring.

  8. Can't wait to try this one. Your walnut oil vinaigrette is a staple in our kitchen.

  9. We recently tried this dressing and loved it!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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