Ask and you shall receive! A lot of you asked for more easy weeknight recipes so I’ll be sharing some of my favs with you. You may know (especially if you follow me on Instagram Stories) that I LOVE to cook. Even if I’ve had a crazy day, I find that cooking calms me…even if it’s a more complex dish. But, we all can’t always spend hours in the kitchen, during the week especially. So, one of my go-to recipes as a side dish or main course (topped with some protein, like salmon or chicken) is a salad with champagne vinaigrette! My hubby requests this salad dressing regularly and almost every bite is followed by a delighted ‘mmmmmmm, so good’! I’m not just saying that lol, ask him! There’s certainly nothing to the salad (honestly, however you like to make your salad – go for it), it’s the vinaigrette that is the main attraction. I originally came across this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa but I’ve made a few adjustments.
- 3 tbsp champagne vinegar (I buy mine from whole foods)
- 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic (the original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon, but I add more because the hubby loves garlic)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste (about 1 teaspoon of each)
- 1 teaspoon minced shallots (I don’t add them all the time, but I like to switch up every now and then – it compliments the dressing so well)
In a small mixing bowl, add all but the olive oil in the bowl. Then whisk together and slowly add the olive oil. And that’s it! You’ll want to serve immediately, by pouring over salad (just until moistened or as preferred) and mix. *Note: Upon individually plating, I add a little bit more salt and fresh pepper.
Also, the reason you want to serve immediately is because if you let the dressing sit, the oil and vinegar will separate. Which isn’t that serious, but you’ll just need to whisk again (to emulsify) before serving.
Easy does it…
This salad dressing is so good guys and as you can see, super easy. Try it out and report back! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
photos by Anne Kim of Laura Metzler Photography