Classic Sherry Vinaigrette

Ellen Silverman


  • 2 Tablespoons  sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  Dijon mustard
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil

This is my go-to vinaigrette, perfect for dressing anything from a simple green salad to earthy French lentils to a platter of grilled vegetables. You can vary it by switching to a different oil or vinegar or by adding fresh herbs or other flavorings. I use sherry vinegar because I like its mellow, rounded flavor and I find it is less harsh and more complex than most red-wine vinegars. My oil choice is usually a moderately priced extra-virgin olive oil with a fruity character. No cough-inducing bitterness typical of a big Tuscan oil, please. I like Unio and Lucini brands, the former from Spain and the latter from Italy.

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In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Gradually whisk in the oil, a little at a time, until the sauce is creamy and blended. Taste and adjust the flavor balance and seasoning. Whisk again to blend just before using.


  • Substitute an equal amount of red-wine vinegar or white-wine vinegar for the sherry vinegar.
  • Use 1/2 fresh lemon juice and 1/2 vinegar for the vinegar.

  • Add 1 teaspoon finely minced shallot with the vinegar and mustard.
  • Substitute walnut, hazelnut, or grapeseed oil for all or part of the olive oil.

  • Crumble in some blue or feta cheese after you’ve whisked in the oil.


This vinaigrette can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


Calories per serving:

362 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 81g 125%
  • Carbs 0g 0%
  • Saturated 11g 56%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 59g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 0g 0%
  • Sodium 31mg 1%
  • Calcium 6mg 1%
  • Magnesium 2mg 1%
  • Potassium 9mg 0%
  • Iron 1mg 3%
  • Zinc 0mg 0%
  • Phosphorus 5mg 1%
  • Vitamin A 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 0%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 0%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 0%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 12mg 58%
  • Vitamin K 49µg 62%
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