Home ~ Recipes For One ~ Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe for One
|

Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe for One

A Dijon Vinaigrette is versatile and so very simple to mix up.  To make this vinaigrette, you need a few simple ingredients; vinegar, oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, and some dried herbs. Pour over a fresh green salad or homegrown thick tomato slices, or use it as a chicken marinade.

You can also try this easy small-batch tempura dipping sauce or a homemade creamy buttermilk dressing.

Bowlof viniagrette dressing with scattered parsley and flowers in background.

Standard Vinaigrette Ratio

Start with the standard 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and adjust to your personal taste as needed. Once you’ve made a few vinaigrette, you will likely throw the measuring out and start adding the ingredients and tasting until you get the perfect flavor.

Basic oil and vinegar were the only salad dressing we ever had growing up; today it’s still my favorite salad dressing. I have a little vintage vinaigrette bottle I use to serve, and an old mason jar to mix it up.

What type of oil to use?

A basic extra virgin olive oil is just fine; you don’t need to use high-end olive oil; frankly, unless you are a connoisseur of fine olive oils, you’re not going to taste any real difference.

What You Need to Make a Dijon Vinaigrette.

Use a small jar with a lid to mix your vinaigrette, I use a small glass mayonnaise or mason jar.

Ingredients

  • The mustard is going to be the star of the show so use a good French Dijon mustard.
  • I prefer using balsamic vinegar when making the mustard vinaigrette, but if you can also use red wine vinegar and get a lovely result.
  • Go with a basic good olive oil.  California Ranch Olive Oil is affordable, found in grocery stores, and has a nice flavor.
  • For the seasoning, use dried parsley and thyme.
  • For making a vinaigrette, I like to use a tube of garlic paste; it’s easy. You can also crush fresh garlic.

Instructions

  • In a small jar with a lid, mix the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, attach the lid securely and shake to mix.
  • Add in the seasoning, thyme, parsley, salt, and pepper and give it a little shake. Drizzle over salad or vegetables.

What’s the difference between Dijon mustard and yellow mustard?

Other than the color, the difference is in the flavor and ingredients used.  Yellow mustard is made of powdered yellow mustard seeds, spices, and vinegar and has a mild flavor.  Dijon mustard, in comparison, has a more intense flavor and is made with brown or black mustard seeds and white wine instead of vinegar.

More Small Batch Condiments and Sauces.

Did you make this recipe? I would love it if you left a comment or review! Be sure to sign up for the email list and follow “A Weekend Cook” on Pinterest and my Facebook page.

Bowlof viniagrette dressing with scattered parsley and flowers in background.

Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

A simple classic dijon dressing for drizzling over salad or vegetables.
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 198kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic paste or 1 clove fresh crushed garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • pinch of dried parsley
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 dash salt

Instructions

  • In a small jar with a lid, mix the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, attach the lid securely and shake to mix.
  • Add in the seasoning, thyme, parsley, salt, and pepper and give it a little shake. Drizzle over salad or vegetables.

Notes

Can be mnade a day ahead and refrigerated. When ready to use bring to room temperature and give a good shake.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 195mg | Sugar: 1g
Tried this Recipe? Pin it for Later!Mention @AWeekendCook or tag #aweekendcook!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating