Salad dressing is a big deal in France because good vinaigrette can really make the difference for a damn good salad. What is the secret to making great vinaigrette? Apart from a good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, the most important thing is to add ingredients that provide a strong and sweet touch at the same time to make the salad tastier. For this reason the most famous French dressing is the honey and mustard vinaigrette. I personally like to also add tarragon and ground coriander for its fresh flavours.
This recipe is great for any type of salad.
I like it because:
– It takes less than 2 minutes to prepare, and you can keep it in the fridge for several days in a plastic container.
– It gives a spicy and subtle flavour to the salad.
– You can use this honey and mustard vinaigrette to flavour grilled meats too.
– You can switch the vinegar to lemon juice if you want to try something new. I would say that lemon juice is perfect for a salad with feta cheese, while balsamic vinegar mixes better with stronger cheese like gorgonzola for example. But it is really a matter of personal taste so you better try both versions, and let me know which version of the honey and mustard vinaigrette is your favourite.
– For once, it is important to respect the quantities indicated in the recipe to maintain the balance between the flavours.
INGREDIENTS FOR 4 PEOPLE:
- 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard (Dijon mustard)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
- 1/2 or 1 teaspoon liquid honey, according to your taste
- 2 teaspoons dry or fresh tarragon
- Salt, pepper and ground coriander seeds
Honey and mustard vinaigrette recipe
– Put the grain mustard in a bowl and incorporate the olive oil gradually while mixing with a fork, as you would do for a mayonnaise.
– Add the honey and stir the mixture vigorously.
– Pour the vinegar or lemon juice and continue beating.
– Finally add the tarragon, crushed coriander seeds and seasoning, and mix well to unify the vinaigrette.
Now you can serve it with a salad! Bon appétit…