A Classic Salad Dressing

Greens with Classic Salad Dressing

In my family, we never left a piece of lettuce behind. From a young age, I cherished the last wilted pieces of romaine or arugula from the bottom of our wooden salad bowl. My sister and I would save room to maximize the shoveling of lettuce soaked in acidic perfection. As my love for food and cooking grew, this was the first recipe I learned to make. It can be adjusted with herbs, Dijon, cream and more, but this basic dressing is really all one needs.

Photos by Nicole Fenton
Classic Salad Dressing
Photos by Nicole Fenton

Classic Salad Dressing

Serves 4


  • 1 large shallot
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dollop of Maille Dijon mustard (optional)
  • dollop of half and half or heavy cream (optional)


Mince the shallot finely. Cover it with a pinch of salt and let it macerate for a few minutes. Add lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper to taste and whisk together.

This is a fantastic dressing on its own. I switch between adding Dijon, half and half, or both depending on the rest of the meal. Enjoy!