An authentic French Dijon vinaigrette with shallot for garlicky bite and apple cider vinegar for a seasonal tartness. Perfect on any salad, and especially seasonal salads that include winter fruit and nuts or seeds.
3teaspoonsquality Dijon mustard
3teaspoonsquality apple cider vinegar
1/2medium shallot or whole small shallotminced
neutral oil or olive oila little less than 1/2 cup
sea salt or kosher saltto taste
freshly ground pepperto taste
In a measuring cup with handle, mix the Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar with a small whisk. Slowly add in the oil, a few drops at a time, whisking constantly. It helps to place a towel underneath the measuring cup! Ensure that you fully emulsify (dissolve the liquids and oil to smoothness) the oil before adding much more. Add enough oil to measure 1/2 cup total. Add in the minced shallot and stir.
Add in a few pinches of salt and a bit of freshly ground pepper and taste (try dipping a piece of lettuce in the dressing for a more accurate taste than straight off a spoon). Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve right away or refrigerate up to one week.