Julia Child’s simple recipe for vinaigrette will change the way you eat salads for good

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If there’s anyone you should trust when it comes to food, it’s Julia Child. The chef became famous for bringing French recipes into American culture via her lively TV shows and cookbooks.

In other words, she basically changed the world of home cooking for the better, one recipe at a time.

And she’s got a recipe for vinaigrette that will make your summertime salad-eating so much better. Once you try out this homemade dressing for yourself, you may not purchase a bottle of dressing ever again.

The process of making the vinaigrette is simple and features only a handful of ingredients. You’ll just need a shallot, wine vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper to take your salads to the next level.


Simply combine all of the ingredients except the shallot in a blender or food processor, or throw everything into a jar and shake to combine.

This is our favorite option because then you can just place the jar in the fridge and enjoy it anytime your meal calls for a tasty dressing!


This recipe is sure to bring some delicious flavor to your leafy greens.

Find the full recipe at The News & Observer, though the recipe originally comes from Child’s cookbook, “Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking,” which is available on Amazon for just under $10, in case you’re looking for more fabulous cooking inspiration!


Food Bloggers Share Their Favorite Salads

When it comes to summery foods, salads often take the cake.

They’re light, healthy, and filled with seasonal produce, making them a great choice for a warm day or night.

However, it’s easy to get sick of just plain old leafy greens, so why not opt for a dish that’s more interesting?

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We reached out to five food bloggers to find out which salad recipes are the most popular on their blog.

Their recipes will be sure to provide some excitement for your summer meals, and they’re healthy to boot!

Steak Cobb Salad

Cobb salad is good on its own, but when it’s summer, you’ll want to grill. Cue the steak addition.

The Lean Green Bean

Recipe: The Lean Green Bean

Raw Spiralized Thai Salad

Cold noodles are a great summer staple, but you can make them even healthier by making a noodle salad made with spiralized cucumber and daikon.

Strength and Sunshine

Recipe: Strength and Sunshine

Kale, Cranberry, And Almond Quinoa Salad

Superfoods galore! This salad is nutritious, crunchy, and lemony, and it makes a great choice for an on-the-go lunch or picnic.

Hungry By Nature

Recipe: Hungry By Nature

Spicy Apple And Chickpea Salad

Add a little texture and sweetness to your salads with this kale dish that’s topped with apples, walnuts and chickpeas.

Sprint 2 The Table

Recipe: Sprint To The Table



Shrimp Chopped Salad With Citrus Cilantro Vinaigrette

Nothing screams summer quite like citrus and seafood. This shrimp-filled salad is tossed in a citrus cilantro vinaigrette, giving it tons of herbaceous flavor.

Peanut Butter Fingers

Recipe: Peanut Butter Fingers

What’s your go-to summer salad combination?

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