Classic French Vinaigrette Dressing

French vinaigrette dressing recipe

French Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

I had every intention to make a classic French Bistro salad with goat cheese for the blog and my goat cheese bread crumb pieces never made it to the last round. What I did end up making and loving is a classic French vinaigrette dressing. I added the dressing to a simple bowl of mixed greens and it instantly transported me back to a Parisian café.

You can make this easily with your own kitchen ingredients. The one thing you will need that you may or may not have is dijon mustard. I love the one at Trader Joe’s and it is only $2. It’s a great staple to have on hand for multiple recipes.

french recipe for vinaigrette dressing

You can make it in a bowl with a whisk and you can also make it in an old Bonne Maman jar. This is great for storage to keep in the fridge if you make a little more than you need. This is great to have on hand to throw on mixed greens.

french recipe for dressing
Mixed greens with French vinaigrette dressing

What You Need:

classic French vinaigrette dressing

The salad works perfectly as a nice addition to any meal. I always love having mixed greens with dinner. It’s a grocery staple.

French Vinaigrette



  • 4 T olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 t dijon mustard
  • salt
  • pepper


  • add in mustard, vinegar, oil and a dash of salt and pepper into a bowl or jar. Mix with whisk or shake until mixed. Taste and add accordingly. Some people prefer a dressing to be heavier on the oil and others prefer it to be more balanced or acidic based. A healthier version would have less oil. It's up to your personal preference.



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  1. Loved how you laid out all the steps of the French Vinaigrette. A suggestion – Tablespoon should be indicated by a capital T whereas teaspoon uses a lower case t. This makes it easier for the preparer to distinguish between the two. Your website is very chic.

    • Thank you, Debbie. It may have to do with the format of the recipe maker. I will take a look and see if I can fix it for you so it is more clear. I appreciate the feedback.

      Have a great day,

  2. Sorry, but I couldn’t eat your vinaigrette ! I’m french, and a good vinaigrette is 1 tbsp vinegar for 3 or 4 tbsp oil !

    • Thank you Annie for your input. As someone who is trying to be a bit healthier, I think less oil is better 🙂