Recipe for shallot vinaigrette (French vinaigrette)

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This delicious shallot vinaigrette (French vinaigrette) is quick and easy to prepare and wonderfully versatile.

One of my favorite simple dressings that goes with just about anything. ♡

This shallot vinaigrette recipe, also known as French vinaigrette, is a staple we regularly turn to at home when looking for something light, bright, and thankfully quick to whip up. The delicate flavor of shallots pairs perfectly with fresh lemon juice, garlic and a hint of Dijon. And while it’s one of those versatile dressings that can play well with a wide range of ingredients, we honestly find ourselves loving it the most on the simplest of salad greens here in our house so those lovely flavors can really shine through. (The current favorite is a bowl of crispy butter lettuce, sliced ​​cucumber and a sprinkle of parma…so good!)

This is one of those pocket recipes that’s great to have on hand when you need a quick side salad, but also a wonderful and stylish way to dress up larger salads. ‘Entrance. So the next time you’re craving a salad, chop some shallots and make this quick dressing together.

Butter lettuce salad with cucumber, parmesan and shallot vinaigrette

Ingredients for the shallot vinaigrette

Before we move on to the full shallot vinaigrette recipe below, here are some notes on the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Shallot: I usually add a large shallot (about 3 tablespoons, finely chopped) to this dressing, but feel free to add more or less of the shallot to taste. The shallot’s flavor is naturally quite mild, but if you want to reduce its bite even further, simply rinse the chopped shallot briefly under cold running water in a fine-mesh strainer before adding it to the vinaigrette.
  • Garlic: Raw garlic adds a deliciously spicy kick to this dressing. Feel free to mince or grate your garlic, or add more or less depending on your taste. (Or if you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, you can add 3/4 tsp garlic powder.)
  • Olive oil: I recommend using a good quality extra virgin olive oil for this dressing.
  • Lemon: We’ll be using both the juice and zest of a large lemon for the dressing.
  • Dijon: Smooth or grainy Dijon will work.
  • Salt and pepper: Then finally, we will season the vinaigrette with a generous pinch of fleur de sel and freshly ground black pepper.

Ingredients for shallot (french) vinaigrette on a plate

Variants of shallot vinaigrette recipes

Here are a few ways to customize this French dressing recipe…

  • Add fresh herbs: Finely chopped fresh basil, chives, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, tarragon or thyme would all be delicious additions to this dressing.
  • Add the parmesan: Add 1/4 freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the dressing to give it a cheesy and umami touch.
  • Add a kick: Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to spice up this dressing.
  • Use vinegar: Replace the lemon juice with vinegar (such as sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar).

Shallot vinaigrette in a jar

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French dressing in a jar

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This delicious shallot vinaigrette (French vinaigrette) is quick and easy to prepare and wonderfully versatile.


  • 1 large shallot, peeled and finely chopped (on 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and squeezed (on 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon’s mustard
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Combine. In a large bowl, vigorously whisk all ingredients together for 1 minute or until completely emulsified. (Or alternatively, vigorously shake the ingredients together in a covered mason jar until fully emulsified.)
  2. To serve. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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