Julia Child's Vinaigrette Dressing

People Who Love To Eat Are Always The Best People” ~ Chef Julia Child

We could not agree more! As a youngster, I remember Chef Child’s ebullient & refreshing personality creating amazing dishes on her PBS television show The French Chef.  What a difference from today’s celebrity “chefs” who assemble food, taste for the camera then quickly spit for fear of gaining weight. Without any food stylists, hair & make up people, writers or publicists, Chef Child penned her recipes, prepped the ingredients, cooked the food & ate her dishes-enjoying every bite! 

Classically trained in post WWII France, an accomplished author, she introduced authentic, & healthy culinary traditions to Americans for 40 years. Chef Child’s generous spirit, humorous personality & genuine love of food make her the kind of person we’d want to share a meal with. 

We’re celebrating the culinary legend’s August 15th birthday with her classic & very delicious vinaigrette dressing using Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 8-Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar di Modena. We added seasonal fresh ingredients from the farmers market for a luscious & satisfying salad. Makes approx. 1/2 cup dressing, for 2 ½-3 quarts salad greens or cooked vegetables. 

From Julia's Kitchen Wisdom-Julia Child. Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Easy Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Villa Gabriella Organic 8-year aged balsamic vinegar di Modena
  • 8 tablespoons Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh lemon
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot &/or 1/4 teaspoon dried herbs-tarragon or basil

Simple Instructions

  1. Either make the dressing in an empty salad bowl: Slowly beat vinegar, lemon juice, salt and mustard in bowl to dissolve the salt
  2. Slowly beat in the oil by droplets to make an emulsion 
  3. Add optional shallots & selected seasonings
  4. Or place all ingredients in a covered jar, shake vigorously to blend & add seasoning
  5. Test dressing-dip a piece of the lettuce into the vinaigrette. 
  6. Correct seasoning by slowly adding drops of vinegar, oil, salt or pepper & beat
  7. Serve in chilled salad bowls or plates & enjoy!
  8. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week 

Tip: Julia said the usual proportions of 1part vinegar to parts oil for a salad dressing are too acidic. Instead, use 1 to 5 proportions as per a dry martini since you can always add more vinegar but not take out!

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