This shallot vinaigrette is zingy and easy to make! White wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil pair perfectly in this salad dressing.

Shallot vinaigrette

Got shallots on hand? Let’s make Shallot Vinaigrette! This zippy salad dressing brings out the best in this delicate onion. While we often slice shallots for adding into green salads, they add fabulous flavor to salad dressings. Pair minced shallot with white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and olive oil, and prepare to be amazed! We first drizzled this on salmon salad, and then we started making it on repeat.

Ingredients in shallot vinaigrette

This shallot vinaigrette dressing recipe is similar to our Dijon mustard vinaigrette, with the addition of shallots. A shallot is a small onion with a light and delicate flavor. The flavor is mild with notes of garlic, unlike a white or red onion which can be very spicy. For that reason, it’s our favorite in the onion family to use in salads and dressings. If you’ve got leftover shallots in the pantry, this is a great way to use them! Here’s what you’ll need for this salad dressing:

  • Shallots, minced
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Tips for the perfect emulsion

The only thing to note when you make this shallot vinaigrette? How to get a perfectly creamy emulsion! An emulsion is when a vinaigrette dressing forms a creamy uniform texture, instead of separating like oil and vinegar typically do. Here are a few tips for making sure this dressing comes together:

  • Use a medium sized bowl. The size actually matters! You need a big enough bowl for the whisk to be able to agitate the ingredients.
  • Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Add 1 tablespoon at a time, and whisk it in completely before adding the next tablespoon.

Best ways to serve this shallot vinaigrette

We created this shallot vinaigrette especially for our Smoked Salmon Salad: an easy no-cook main dish salad that comes together in 15 minutes! (Highly recommend giving it a try.) But it also works perfectly on any type of green salad. Here are a few salads we’d recommend:

How would you serve it? Let us know in the comments below!

Shallot vinaigrette

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This shallot vinaigrette recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Shallot vinaigrette

Easy Shallot Vinaigrette

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 tablespoons 1x


This shallot vinaigrette is zingy and easy to make! White wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil pair perfectly in this salad dressing.


  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallot (1/2 medium shallot)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms. Stir in the shallots. Store refrigerated and bring to room temperature before serving (keeps at least 2 weeks).
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: Salad dressing
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Shallot dressing

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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    1. Your description says lemon amongst all the ingredients but in the directions on how to prepare lemon is not in the ingredients needed.