Niçoise Vinaigrette

Julia Child’s famous vinaigrette, crafted from lemon juice and Dijon mustard.

Ingredients:
1 lemon, zested and juiced (at least 2 tablespoons)
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon finely minced shallots
1 cup excellent olive oil

Method:
1. Combine lemon zest, juice, mustard and shallots in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking until all ingredients are combined and dressing is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Tzatziki

This signature Greek condiment is wonderful served with this week’s focaccia bread.

Ingredients:
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 large English cucumber, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice from ½ lemon
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
In a bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs and garlic. Stir until mixed, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a separate dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for the best flavor.

Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

This lovely vinaigrette is bright with lemon juice, sweet honey and fresh parsley.

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, pressed
¾ cup olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Whisk together lemon juice, zest, honey, parsley, mustard and garlic in a small bowl.

2. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Use immediately, or chill for a later use. If chilled, allow vinaigrette to come to room temperature again, then whisk again to combine.

Herb-Shallot Dressing

This flavor-packed vinaigrette is fantastic with both grains and greens.

Ingredients:
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method:
1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a pint-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid, cover, and shake vigorously until emulsified, about 30 seconds. Reserve until ready to use.

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