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Walnut Vinaigrette

I’m on a Walnut Vinaigrette binge, inspired by my brother-in-law, Travis. He left a bottle of walnut oil behind at our summer cottage. When I saw the bottle, I knew what I had to make. Now I’m hooked – it has replaced balsamic vinaigrette as my go-to salad dressing.

I think of this as a “French” vinaigrette. It’s a variation on a dressing Susan Hermann Loomis taught me in her cooking class in Paris*. I didn’t realize quite how much of a variation until I went back to her original recipe. The original wasn’t a walnut dressing…it was a hazelnut dressing. And it used red wine vinegar and thinly sliced shallots, not sherry vinegar and Dijon mustard. Oops. Sorry, Susan. Oh, well, my walnut version is quite good anyhow…
*Did I mention that I took cooking classes in France? No? I’m going to go back there someday…

Recipe: Walnut Vinaigrette

Inspired by: Susan Herrmann Loomis Cooking at Home on Rue Tatin

Cook time: 5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons (scant 1/4 cup) walnut oil

*For an overview of making vinaigrettes, see Vinaigrette Basic Technique
Directions: Easy Way
1. Whisk to blend: Whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl until creamy.


Directions: With Finesse
1. Dissolve the salt: Whisk the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl until the salt dissolves, about 30 seconds.

2. Add the oil slowly: Add the oil in a slow stream, whisking until creamy and emulsified.

*This is enough dressing for two heads of green leaf lettuce, a 6 ounce bag of bag salad, or about 6 cups of mesclun mix.

*It also makes a great topping for cooked vegetables; asparagus and green beans in particular.

What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

Related Posts:
Vinaigrette Basic Technique
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Red Wine Vinaigrette

Inspired by:
Susan Herrmann Loomis Cooking at Home on Rue Tatin

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.

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