Simple things: vinaigrette

I don’t mean to insult anyone’s intelligence, but this is a basic we cannot miss.

The original recipe for a vinaigrette (from the word “vinaigre” meaning “vinegar”) is 3 measures of oil for 1 measure of vinegar. Salt and pepper. AND THAT’S IT!qdg

Most of us will add dijon mustard (1 teaspoon for 3 table spoons of oil and 1 of vinegar) and herbs (chives, parsley or tarragon) or chopped garlic.

A simple mixed green salad with vinaigrette is a great way to balance a heavy/fat dish such as seared foie gras, quiche, liver… And with whole milk cheese?: A FRENCH HEAVEN:0)

PS. You can make extra and keep it in a bottle in the fridge for days. Much better than the ready made vinaigrette people buy (full of chemicals and preservatives)…qeg

Sans vouloir insulter l’intelligence de qui que ce soit, il faut parfois rafraichir ses classiques: 3 mesures d’huile pour 1 mesure de vinaigre, sel et poivre. Si vous ajoutez de la moutarde, comptez 1 cuillère à café pour 3 cuillères à soupe d’huile…qd

45 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m catching up on all your posts today and honestly I have to say, I’m not sure how I’ve lived without your blog ! Thank you.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are too kind Elizabeth! Welcome to My French Heaven:)

  2. Jenn says:

    Thank you for your simplicity Stéphane. I hope you don’t mind, I’ve reposted this to a foodie group I belong to in google+. 😉

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Great! Thanks! You’re my new PR girl:)

      1. Jenn says:

        🙂 I might have to make some more of that French Onion soup of yours. So good on a chilly winter’s night.

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Great recipe for New Year’s eve:)

  3. saucygander says:

    Often the simplest things taste the best. I do like trying out different types of vinegar though and find they make important differences to the vinaigrette. PS, your posts are great for French revision! 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are so right! I do love raspberry vinaigrette on seared scallops:)

  4. Good that you are writing about the basics, too! I usually prefer vinaigrette instead of dressings with lots of ingredients.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Absolutely right Stefan!!

  5. terrepruitt says:

    I am like johnnysenough hepburn, too lazy to make it, I just pour balsamic vinegar and squirt olive oil on my salad. My hubby likes ranch dressing. I did not know the simple ratio though, I think I prefer more vinegar to oil. Next time I do make it, I will start with your formula and adjust from there.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Perfect! It’s all a matter of personal taste:)

  6. Jeanette says:

    Great photos! You’re so right. Nothing could possibly be fresher (or tastier) than homemade vinaigrette. Lots of people go wrong by diminishing the oil too much, though. I like your ratio:)

    1. My French Heaven says:


  7. You make it the same way Grammy does, except she adds an Italian herb blend that she makes…SO good. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Grammy knows best 🙂 Especially the Italian ones 😉

      1. Gramps was the Italian. Grammy is Finnish. She still knows best though, you’re right about that! 🙂

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Wow so good cooks and good looking. Great genes:)

  8. Sandra says:

    All the best things are simple. Thanks.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Absolutely right!! 🙂

  9. juliabarrett says:

    I could not agree more.

    1. My French Heaven says:


  10. acflory says:

    Basic vinaigrette is a staple in our house as we love salads of all sorts. Vinaigrette with garlic is my personal favourite, but vinaigrette with just a little mayonnaise is perfect for apple-based salads! [They are like a normal salad but with lots of small cubes of apple as the ‘hero’].

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I remember having apples and endives together in a salad years and years ago in Germany. It was indeed served with a mayo based vinaigrette and it was delicious:)

      1. acflory says:

        I haven’t tried that one but it does sound delicious. I started trying apple in salad as a progression from the Waldorf salad. [I don’t like celery that much].

        1. My French Heaven says:

          I HATE celery!

          1. acflory says:

            lmao. 😀 I knew you were a chef after my own heart!

          2. My French Heaven says:

            🙂 🙂

  11. Francesca says:

    I think recipes for the basics are the best. You have to be very strong with your basics before starting ti cook complicated dishes.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Absolutely right! 🙂

  12. dearferrero says:

    Love the lettuce picture!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you!

  13. I’m so lazy when it comes to salad dressing. I simply pour over evo oil and white wine vinegar. Even though I know how to make vinaigrette! Perhaps I would if guests were there…Nah, too busy guzzling Chablis!

    1. My French Heaven says:


  14. Not as tasty, I know, but I substitute water for some of the oil to reduce calories.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Hey, why not?:)

  15. chef mimi says:

    Stephane, everyone I know buys their vinaigrettes and dressings. So dumb.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      🙂 Especially since they are full of chemicals and preservatives!

  16. grumpytyke says:

    Perfect! For some reason, many restaurants and home hosts insist on putting in much more vinegar, which for me is horrible.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I know! I also hate it when the salad swims in it. A mistake a lot of restaurants make…

  17. leilra says:

    I love your pictures. They look so official (:

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Why thank you Leilra!!

  18. ann perrin says:

    wow just what I wanted to know, I could fall in love with youX You are safe I have got a partnerX

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Ann, you are just too funny!!:)

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