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The Cook's Basics

Classic Vinaigrette

We use this classic French vinaigrette all the time at The Cook's Atelier.  It's simple because it's all about the quality of the ingredients.  Variations are endless; swap out the vinegars or substitute lemon juice, add a handful of fresh herbs, or drizzle in honey for a touch of sweetness.  Our honey is from our beekeeper neighbor, Fred, whose bees feed on the pollen of the Acacia tree.  You can find our favorite olive oilsaltvinegarFred's Acacia honey, and our adored copper cook's whisk in our online shop, The French Larder at The Cook's Atelier.

French Shallot Vinaigrette

2 small shallots

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

a pinch of sea salt

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

freshly ground black pepper

Peel and dice the shallots.  In the bottom of a salad bowl add the shallots, white wine vinegar and sea salt.  Let the ingredients rest for 10 minutes.  This allows for the shallots to soften.  Whisk in the olive oil and add freshly ground black pepper to taste.  Add salad greens to the bowl and gently toss to coat.

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