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Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe

April 12, 2022
Learn how to make shallot vinaigrette--tangy, flavorful and delicious! Takes less than 5 minutes and lasts for over a week.

This shallot vinaigrette recipe is all you need to satisfy a lofty bowl of leafy greens–it’s tangy, full of flavor, and much healthier than the majority of store-bought dressings. I like using it for lighter, more delicate lettuces like butterhead varieties; however, this is one of my absolute favorite dressings for a hearty kale salad. Toss in some roasted butternut squash and mushrooms, and you’ve got a delicious, healthy meal. But salad isn’t the only way to use a vinaigrette–see below for some tasty ideas!

How to Make Shallot Vinaigrette

Shallot vinaigrette takes less than 5 minutes to make, probably less than 2 if you have a blender or jar for shaking! If you’re using a whisk, you’ll need to mince or grate the garlic and shallots. Next, mix in all the other ingredients apart from the olive oil. Once everything is well combined, slowly drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to whisk. Whisk until the mixture is emulsified, so that you can’t see any vinegar bubbles or separated oil.

Quick Tips:

  • Use your best olive oil (I keep a stock of Partana or California olive oil on hand for dishes like this that aren’t cooked).
  • Jar Method: If you’re in a hurry, just add the minced aromatics and the rest of the ingredients to a jar and shake until emulsified. Super quick, easy and healthy.
  • Blender Method: If you’re making a lot of dressing, use a blender or Vitamix. Simply combine everything and blend until emulsified. Easy peasy.

Ways to Use Shallot Vinaigrette:

  • Using vinaigrette as a marinade for roasted vegetables and meats is one of my favorite applications. Plus, you can save a few tablespoons for a side salad!
  • Great on a sandwich. For example, try this shallot vinaigrette recipe on a ciabatta sandwich with arugula, prosciutto, and freshly sliced mozzarella.
  • I love dropping a few spoonfuls onto a nearly finished fried egg and wilty greens. It turns everyday breakfast ingredients up a notch with little effort–especially when you already have it made.
  • Try it out on this Kale Salad!

Shallot Vinaigrette

Salad, Salad Dressing, Lunch, Dinner French, Other
By Katelyn Bailey Serves: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes

Simply, tangy and delicious. Takes less than 5 minutes and lasts over a week!


  • 1/4 cup chopped shallot
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil



In a blender, combine the shallots, garlic, mustard, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and thyme and blend for a few seconds until well mixed. (If you don't want to use a blender, you can simply mince and whisk everything.)


Drizzle in the olive oil and blend until emulsified and smooth. I sometimes leave small pieces of shallots for a slight texture.


Serve on a fresh bed of greens and enjoy!


Vinaigrettes can be stored in the refrigerator for 7-10 days for best flavor. If the oil has solidified, that's completely normal, just leave the vinaigrette out at room temperature for 5-10 minutes and it should re-emulsify with a few shakes or a whisk.

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