Basil Shallot and Red Wine Vinaigrette


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!

A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey.  1000x better than store-bought dressings!

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!

A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey.  1000x better than store-bought dressings!

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 🙂

A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey.  1000x better than store-bought dressings!

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!).

A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey.  1000x better than store-bought dressings!

A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey.  1000x better than store-bought dressings!

I love how fresh salads are in the summer with great produce!

A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey.  1000x better than store-bought dressings!

YUM!

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.

A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey.  1000x better than store-bought dressings!

I hope you all love this recipe!  I make this dressing all the time 🙂


A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey. 1000x better than store-bought dressings!
A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey. 1000x better than store-bought dressings!
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A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey. 1000x better than store-bought dressings!

Basil Shallot and Red Wine Vinaigrette

A simple red wine vinaigrette with the added flavors of shallot, basil, mustard, and a touch of honey. 1000x better than store-bought dressings!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
Author The Chunky Chef
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21 comments on “Basil Shallot and Red Wine Vinaigrette”

  1. red wine 🙂 and basil as flavor .great idea and good recipe.. And 1 more thing, i come onto you blogsite for 1st time 🙂 you are so pretty ..thanks for such a nice recipe..

  2. The photos look fabulous and the recipe sounds delicious. thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes and lovely day!

  3. I am so loving this dressing. When I went paleo, I had to start making my own dressing because they all have sugar and crap in them. Shallots are something else that I think I under utilize. Thanks for this great recipe and expanding my dressing inventory! I’m so glad you shared this with us at Saucy Saturdays!

    • Thank you Jennifer!! You’re so right about store-bought dressings… the ingredients list is forever long, and I can’t pronounce half of them… yuck. Homemade always tastes best 🙂

  4. Love homed vinaigrettes! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

  5. I always appreciate a good dressing especially one made with herbs that are growing in my garden. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday Amanda!

  6. Yum! I get pretty lazy and boring with my vinaigrettes. Adding basil sounds fantastic. Thanks for the idea!
    Found you at #FoodieFriDIY 🙂

  7. I love how this is a versatile vinaigrette. Yum! Happy FF, and have a fabulous weekend. 😀

  8. Ooooh, this is so great! I get sick of ordinary dressings all the time, I like to change it up! I use red wine vinegar a lot so this is perfect for me!

  9. WOW I love making my own salad dressings!!! This looks GREAT, I love shallots.. hahaha.. a weird thing to love, but I do. I know what you mean about the number of salad dressings out there, ah! There must be a million! Sometimes it’s just too much for me and I have to move on… I can’t handle it. Being able to just make some at home is a much better option for me most of the time! 😉

  10. Holy Moly Amanda! I am such a big fan of salad dressings, because THAT is what makes me love salads… and I was in love as soon as I saw this dressing! how beautiful is that? I don’t have shallots at home, but I have everything else!!
    I must have it tomorrow! Do you think I could use green onions instead??

    • Thank you so much Dini!! I could drink this stuff right out of the container, I swear 🙂 I think you could use green onions… the flavor would be a little different, but still really good!