This recipe illustrates the fundamental method for making a balanced vinaigrette. First, salt and herbs are mixed with the vinegar. Then oil is added and the combination is mixed well. Finally, pepper is added and the vinaigrette is tasted, reseasoned, and given a few drops more of more oil, as needed.
With its delicate hint of sherry and shallots and flavoring of fresh thyme, this is the most versatile vinaigrette I make. If you haven’t yet discovered sherry vinegar, this is a good introduction to its sweet flavor.
Made without the thyme, Sherry Vinaigrette can be refrigerated up to 3 weeks. Add the thyme and whisk to recombine before using.
Total Timeunder 15 minutes
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Textureherby, light, savory, tangy
Type of Dishdressing
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus a little more, if needed
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
- 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only
- ¼ cup sherry vinegar, plus a little more, if needed
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
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In a medium bowl, whisk the salt, shallots, and thyme with the vinegar until the salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the oil until emulsified. Taste. Season with pepper and a little more salt, and adjust with vinegar or oil, if needed.
1996 Debra Ponzek and Joan Schwartz