Julia Child’s Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

So often people assume that Julia Child’s recipes are fancy and complicated, but I have found that many of them are just basic recipes for homemade food.

This vinaigrette type salad dressing of Julia Child’s is an example of that. It is a simple homemade salad dressing. It contains just a few ingredients that most have us have in our pantry or cupboard.

If you have never made your own salad dressing you should give this recipe a try. This is a basic recipe and a great place to start with homemade salad dressings.

Homemade salad dressings are so easy to make. Not only that they are so much healthier than store bought ones. Once you make your own dressings at home, you may never go back to the store bought versions.

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  1. FoodontheTable says:

    This is a classic. I love mustard vinaigrettes. It will keep in the fridge for a long time so you don’t have to make it all the time.

  2. Sounds like a nice, easy salad dressing. I’ve started making the majority of our salad dressings myself, so I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I use my immersion blender to blend my salad dressings. The dressing stays blended together longer and seems more like “store bought.” Additionally, if your dressing has sugar in it, blend it very well with the vinegar before you add the oil. This prevents any gritty mouth feel and helps hold the emulsion longer.

  4. Thanks for the great recipe. I am going to try and make it this weekend for Father’s Day.

  5. I have always love this vinaigrette. Its a classic French recipe. I sometimes use Maille’s grain mustard as well. Happy Friday, I’m a new follower. Thanks for sharing.

    Anne-Marie 😀

  6. how long will this stay good in the fridge?

  7. sounds very easy to make thanks for sharing

  8. This sounds delish! 😀 I’m always looking for homemade dressings. 😀

  9. Wow! That IS basic! So basic, I actually have all the ingredients on hand! (except the makings of a salad)

    This recipe sounds great! Thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for the tip about it hardening in the fridge. Otherwise, I’d probably freak and throw it away! :)

  10. I don’t know if I’m missing something, but since all the ingredients are shelf-stable and don’t require refrigeration, why would this need to be kept in the refrigerator (other than to be served cold)?

  11. Made this this weekend and it was quite good!

  12. This was an awesome recipe, I loved it! I am just wondering, if I add fresh bits of garlic to it, will it still keep for weeks in the fridge? Does anyone know for sure? How do you know that a dressing went bad, anyway? Thanks!

    • @Polina, I am so glad that you enjoyed this. Because this has vinegar in it, I am guessing that it would still last a week or two in the refrigerator even with the garlic in it. And that sounds like a great addition to this recipe.

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