Etty’s Simple Basil-Dijon Vinaigrette

Leah has been raving about this vinaigrette that her friend, Etty, prepares and serves with steamed green beans.  This sauce is the perfect balance of savory and sweet,  has a fresh, beautiful green color and creamy texture.  This vinaigrette will wow you in its versatility and simplicity.

Whenever I prepare a recipe that has been shared with me for the first time, I follow the recipe exactly and I serve it in the same way it had been served to me.  So for this wonderful vinaigrette, I was true to that rule and served it with steamed green beans.   I saved a bit to try with some other foods.

I served it with just about everything else I could find.

It was the perfect dipping sauce for ciabatta, a garnish for Savta’s Favorite Breaded Tilapia and was perfect drizzled over grilled chicken.

Here is the sauce that is not just for green beans anymore:



2 cloves of garlic
1 shallot
1/4 cup wine vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon sugar
25 fresh basil leaves



In a  food processor fitted with the s-blade, combine ingredients for the vinaigrette. Pulse until smooth.



Cuisinart food processor

set of 16 oz wide-mouth squirt bottles



Decant the dressing into an empty sport-top water bottle or wide-mouth squeeze bottle.

Add a unique label to this Red Grapefruit Vinaigrette. Using glue stick or clear packing tape, adhere a custom basil-dijon-vinaigrette-label to an empty squeeze bottle. If you would like to print your own simpletowow  label, feel free print out this basil-dijon-vinaigrette-label. The paper label also allows you to jot down the date when you prepared the dressing so that you can track the preparation date.


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