Our Favorite Way to Make a Vinaigrette

Recipe: Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Forget the bottled stuff, you'll never look back once you shake up a Mason jar full of this tasty (and oh-so-easy) lemon vinaigrette salad dressing.


I'm going to show you how to make the easiest salad dressing in the world, that is so versatile it is the only salad dressing recipe you will ever need. Here's what you do. You want to get a mason jar, and in it you want to put one shallot that you have finely minced. And to that shallot we're gonna add about half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Okay, so we're just going to pour our lemon juice over the shallot, and we're going to let this sit for about three to five minutes. And what happens is the shallot's going to kind of marinate and the lemon juice is going to take the bit off of the raw onion taste. So, after this is set we are going to add one cup of olive oil, give or take. You don't have to be exact with any of these measurements, which is why I love this recipe. And then we're gonna add some freshly chopped parsley. If you don't have parsley at home, you could use fresh basil or fresh thyme or fresh rosemary, whatever you've got in your fridge. And then we're gonna add a little bit of honey. And then also a spoonful of mustard. This is coarse ground mustard, but you can use dijon, you can use honey mustard, you can use whatever you've got. And finally, we're gonna finish it off with a big pinch of salt and pinch of pepper. Then we're gonna put on the lid, and shake it up. And there you have it. The easiest salad dressing in the world. And I love this because you can dress your salads right from the jar. And then whatever you don't use, you just pop the top back on and you can keep this in your fridge for up to a few weeks. It really is the only salad dressing recipe you ever need. For more recipes from our test kitchen go to southernliving.com.
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