French vinaigrette






makes 150ml/5fl oz

Cook Time

125-130 Min


  • 2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
  • 125ml/4fl oz light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch of sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Combine all the ingredients in a screw-top glass jar. Secure the lid firmly, and shake vigorously. Leave to infuse for 2 hours.
  • Remove the garlic clove, then leave the vinaigrette overnight before using. It will keep for up to a week if stored in the refrigerator.


When making French vinaigrette, consider the following precautions:
  1. Hygiene First:
    • Wash hands thoroughly before handling ingredients.
    • Ensure all utensils and equipment are clean.
  2. Quality Ingredients:
    • Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.
    • Check the expiration dates of perishable items like olive oil.
  3. Pasteurized Eggs:
    • If using raw eggs, consider using pasteurized eggs to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
  4. Allergies and Preferences:
    • Be mindful of any allergies to ingredients like mustard.
    • Adjust the quantities of ingredients based on personal preferences.
  5. Storage Conditions:
    • Store the vinaigrette in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
    • Consume within a reasonable timeframe to maintain freshness.
  6. Herb and Spice Safety:
    • Use fresh herbs and spices, and ensure they are clean.
    • Be cautious with strong herbs; start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
  7. Consistency Check:
    • Pay attention to the vinaigrette’s texture; it should be well-emulsified.
    • Adjust the oil-to-vinegar ratio as needed.
  8. Taste Testing:
    • Regularly taste and adjust the seasoning as you mix.
    • This ensures the final product meets your flavor preferences.
  9. Avoid Cross-Contamination:
    • Prevent cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards for raw meats and vegetables.
  10. Varying Dietary Needs:
    • Consider dietary restrictions; for example, use a plant-based alternative for a vegan version.
    • Clearly label the vinaigrette if sharing with others.
By following these precautions, you’ll ensure the safety, quality, and deliciousness of your homemade French vinaigrette.


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