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by G. Stephen Jones

This vinaigrette is so simple yet so delicious, I've been serving it to friends and family for the last 20 years and still get rave reviews. This mustard-flavored herbal vinegar dressing is also handy to use as a marinade for chicken tenders or breasts.


How to make delicious vinaigrette salad dressing or a tangy gourmet marinade from scratch.

Mustard Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 1 glove of garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 5-6 tablespoons oil (vegetable, corn, canola, olive or some combination)
  • pinch of dried parsley
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Recipe Copyright The Reluctant Gourmet
Used with Permission dating back to the 20th century

Directions for Making Mustard Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

In a clean jar or small bowl, add the vinegar, garlic, mustard and mix well.

Slowly add the olive oil while either whisking or stirring rapidly with your fork.

Add the parsley and thyme, salt and pepper, taste and adjust seasonings.

Simple, you bet, but this straightforward recipe will blow away any store bought salad dressing on the market.

Start experimenting with your own ingredients and you will have Paul Newman getting nervous. Enjoy.

You might also enjoy this article about home made herbal vinegars and oils.

About the Recipe Author

G. Stephen Jones created the Reluctant Gourmet back in 1997 as a hobby to assist other novice cooks who may find the art of cooking a little daunting. He's come a long way since then!

He says, "As an ex-Wall Street broker and Stay-at-Home Dad, I try to explore cooking from a different perspective. Visit for more tips, techniques, and recipes"

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