A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey. 1000x better than store-bought dressings!
Have you browsed the salad dressing aisle at the grocery store lately? There are a LOT of options! And I’ll admit, I use bottled dressing about half the time (they’re a busy Mom’s friend!)… but then I’ll make a red wine vinaigrette like this one, and wonder why I spent money on a bottle!
This dressing comes together in about 5 minutes and uses just 7 ingredients… most of which you probably already have in your pantry! Talk about a winner 🙂
I love salads… more than anyone would think I do lol. In fact, my husband always teases me whenever we go out to eat for a date night that I’m NOT allowed to get a salad. One time, at an anniversary dinner, I got a dinner salad and I swear, I’ll never live it down lol. But hey, when it’s hot outside, I want something light and refreshing 🙂
It couldn’t be any easier to make this dressing… add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor, process until smooth, add additional herbs if you want, and serve!
Can I just tell you about that little dressing bottle in the picture? I was at Walmart, shopping for some glass jars to keep my flour and sugar in, and I spotted that little beauty of a bottle. Guess how much?? $3.00 Yep, 3 bucks. Ummm yes please!! Not only does it look super cute, but it holds more than you’d think and I love how easy glass is to clean 🙂
The flavors of this vinaigrette are bold, yet they blend really well together into a great dressing. You probably won’t need very much to dress your salad, which means it’ll last longer (yay!).
I love how fresh salads are in the summer with great produce!
This vinaigrette goes well with just about any salad… a plain one like in the pictures, or one with some grilled chicken added to it.
I hope you all love this recipe! I make this dressing all the time 🙂
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Basil Shallot and Red Wine Vinaigrette
- 1/2 shallot finely minced
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp honey
- 4-5 leaves basil (more or less depending on your tastes)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and black pepper
Add ingredients to a blender or food processor.
Process until smooth.
If desired, stir in a bit of minced fresh basil.
Serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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