Frenchie Basics : Simple Vinaigrette

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In France, it is a sacrilege to eat salad without vinaigrette. And when you try vinaigrette, I assure you can never go back to your old ready-to-go dressings you buy in your grocery store.

Believe me, it is easy, simple and brings an amazing taste to all your salads.

To make Vinaigrette, you have to mix an oil with something acidic such as vinegar or lemon juice. The mixture can be enhanced with salt, herbs and/or spices. It is used most commonly as a salad dressing, but can also be used as a marinade.

Traditionally, a vinaigrette consists of 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar mixed into a stable emulsion, but the term also applies to mixtures with different proportions and to unstable emulsions which last only a short time before separating into layered oil and vinegar phases.

Let’s get started my frenchies !




Yield : 2 servings – Prep time : 10min

What you’ll need



For the salad

  • 1 cup of baby tomatoes
  • 2 cups of couscous cooked
  • 1/2 cucumber

For the vinaigrette

  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame seeds


First, cut in small pieces the tomatoes and the cucumber.

Then, mix the cooked couscous and the vegetables into a big bowl. There is your salad (so simple uh?).

Now for the vinaigrette, grate the ginger into a small puree.

In a small pan, toast the sesame seeds. Be careful to not let them burn.

Into a small bowl mix together the lemon juice, the olive oil, the ginger puree, the sesame seeds and the soy sauce.

Finally, pour the vinaigrette into the salad and toss well.

Et voilà!


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Author: Emilie Durand

Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.

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