One can never go astray with a classic style vinaigrette to spruce up any salad recipe. This traditional Mustard Red Wine Vinaigrette is no exception!
According to the Association for Dressings & Sauces (yes, there is such a thing!), salad dressings have been around for over 2000 years when the Babylonians were known to use oils and vinegars to dress their greens.
Over time, all sorts of sauces, spices and variations have been added to this basic concoction to create new salad dressing recipes.
No doubt, the famous dressings include French, Italian and Russian and even the Green Goddess dressing that came about in the 1920s.
Adding mustard to a vinaigrette is an old tradition and has been around for quite some time. And it really is quite a simple salad dressing to make with these sample pantry ingredients available all the time. Well, in my household it does anyway!
Perhaps the first real documented mention of a mustard salad dressing was during the 16th century.
Mary, Queen of Scots, loved eating boiled celery root diced and tossed with lettuce, creamy mustard dressing, truffles, chervil and hard-cooked egg slices. That sounds like a dream to me!
There are of course many different types of mustard you can add to a vinaigrette, but Dijon mustard is our go-to for this classic recipe. Not too overpowering and it keeps your nasal passages intact!
Mustard Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients
Olive oil: I change up my olive oil regularly as I do tend to purchase artisan olive oil or if I happen to visit farms that produce their own olive oil, I’ll pick up a small bottle.
We have olive oil for salads and olive oil for dipping bread. Depends on the flavours and smells, I do tend to prefer some over others. Olive oil is a very personal choice. Just use one you like to use.
Red wine vinegar: Add a good splash of good quality red wine vinegar for a tart and intense flavour.
Never hurts to invest in a well-aged red wine vinegar if you’re a salad lover. It will never go to waste and make a difference to the overall flavour palate of the dressing.
Dijon mustard: If you’re able to, grab yourself some Grey Poupon Dijon mustard. The first batch of mustard was made back in the 1860s in Dijon, France and was instantly a winning formula.
The Maille brand is also great and a much easier Dijon mustard to find. We have quite a few of these in the fridge.
Mustard Red Wine Vinaigrette Method
Nice and easy. Place all the ingredients in a mason jar and give it a good shake until all the components are well mixed.
You can pre-make this and leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Just give it a shake again before pouring over the salad.
Best Salad for This Dressing
Sauté some rustic Swiss brown mushrooms in butter and add some wholesome chickpeas, bitter radicchio and fresh snow pea sprouts for a delicious salad to have with any main meal.
Mustard Red Wine Vinaigrette
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- Place all the ingredients in a mason jar and give it a good shake until all the components are well mixed.
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