The junk that one buys in the store is full of chemicals, sugar, preservatives and other associated nastiness, so I'm happy to share my healthier, tastier option with you.
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I make this entire recipe by "eyeing" it. Here's my best approximation of the amounts I use:
Ariel's Homemade Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe
2 tablespoons of honey
1.5 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (not dry mustard)
1.5 tablespoon of fresh finely minced shallot
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon of finely granulated sea salt (or to taste)
Step 1: Add the preceding ingredients in any order to your preferred vessel (I suggest a glass salad dressing bottle with a pour opening of at least 1/2" to let the shallot pieces flow freely).
Step 2: Shake vigorously.
Step 3: Dress you salad and enjoy.
I used this recipe on my 4th of July salad which consisted of field greens, goat cheese, blackberries and caramelized onions. I also love to use it on a fabulous spinach, apple, bacon and basque cheese salad that I make. Of course it's also perfectly suited for a plain dinner salad, pasta salad, or even a fresh marinated cucumber salad (though, I'd recommend leaving the Dijon mustard out for this purpose).
Try it out and let me know what you think.