Basic Vinaigrette

Cuisinart original

Use this basic vinaigrette as a guide and change your vinegar/oil flavors to come up with varying combinations to create exciting salad dressings. You can add other flavors such as crushed or roasted garlic, chopped shallots, fresh or dried herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, honey or lemon juice.


Makes about 1 cup


¼         cup red wine vinegar

1          teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

¼         teaspoon kosher salt

1/3         teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¾         cup extra virgin olive oil

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving (2 tablespoons):

Calories 181 (100% from fat) • carb. 0g • sugars 0g • pro. 0g • fat 21g • sat. fat 3g

• chol. 0mg • sod. 91mg • calc. 0mg • fiber 0g


Put all ingredients, in the order listed, into the mixing beaker.

Insert the blending shaft so that it is sitting level on the bottom of the beaker and select Speed 3 and blend, being sure to keep the metal blade completely submerged. Process until the mixture begins to thicken.  Continue processing with a gentle up-and-down motion until dressing is homogenous, about 30 seconds.

Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.