Top 10 Classical French Vinaigrette Recipes

No self-respecting French kitchen would have any less than 10 classical vinaigrette recipes to call on in their repertoire. The dressing is the backbone of French cooking and though they may look similar, the variety of flavors to call on in the recipe is infinitesimal.  It can be a quick and humble mix of vinegar, oil, and mustard, or a meticulous combination of herbs, oils, and acids. In French kitchens, vinaigrettes are so popular that they are commonly made in huge batches once a week.

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    Tarragon Mustard Vinaigrette

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    Tarragon Mustard Vinaigrette is a tangy, spicy dressing with a hint of tarragon's liquorice flavor. It works well with seafood dishes and steamed vegetables.

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    Crisp, dry Champagne vinegar provides the perfect base for zesty ginger and lemon in this refined French vinaigrette recipe. It tastes especially good with mild white fish and poultry dishes.

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    Sweet, juicy blood orange juice blends with garlic and herbs to make a kicky French vinaigrette dressing. Serve it drizzled over mixed greens alongside a rare-cooked filet of beef.

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    Maple and walnuts create a sublime French Canadian vinaigrette dressing that is sure to perk up any salad. Serve it with a salad as an accompaniment to a poultry-based stew, or drizzle it over sautéed carrots for a unique vegetable course.

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    A blend of Herbes de Provence turns a classic white wine vinaigrette recipe into a unique and impressive salad dressing. It tastes sublime on steamed vegetables with fish and olives.

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    Smoky, flavorful Andouille sausage sautéed with onions, shallots, and garlic lays the foundation for this scrumptious balsamic vinaigrette dressing. A salad made with this can almost be considered a meal in itself. If you need a little something more, a thick wedge of quiche made with sharp Cantal cheese is the perfect flavor match.
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    Apple Champagne Vinaigrette

    Spicy apples and Champagne vinegar blend to make a sophisticated and unique twist on a classic Champagne vinaigrette recipe. It is very impressive served at dinner parties.
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    Sun-dried tomatoes and classic Provencal flavors combine to make a lovely French vinaigrette dressing. Pair it with a bed of romaine lettuce and grilled snapper.
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    Vinaigrette salad dressing is a tradition in France. This recipe uses lemons, mustard, and tarragon to create a garden-fresh flavor that tastes great with seafood.
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    Rosemary White Wine Vinaigrette

    White wine vinegar and fragrant rosemary blend with garlic in this rustic French vinaigrette recipe. It has a very versatile flavor that works well with poultry, beef and vegetables.