Classic Sherry Vinaigrette

Classic Sherry Vinaigrette
Staff Writer

Ellen Silverman

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 41g 62%
  • Carbs 0g 0%
  • Saturated 6g 28%
  • Fiber 0g 0%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 30g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 0g 0%
  • Sodium 16mg 1%
  • Calcium 3mg 0%
  • Magnesium 1mg 0%
  • Potassium 5mg 0%
  • Iron 0mg 1%
  • Zinc 0mg 0%
  • Phosphorus 2mg 0%
  • 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 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin K 25µg 31%
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