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French Recipe for a Basic Vinaigrette

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One of the simplest but more important of recipes, a basic vinaigrette lends itself to all manner of dishes, including of course salads, fish, meat, and other vegetables. Chef Mark Haskell of our new cooking vacation "Cuisine and Culture of Provence" shares his basic vinaigrette recipe with us, and gives us an alternative with an Asian flair!

Chef Mark's Basic Vinaigrette Basic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
1/2 Tbsp shallot, finely minced, or garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp Dijon-type mustard
1/2 Tbsp wine vinegar

1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/3 to 1/2 cup excellent olive oil, or other fine, fresh oil
Freshly ground pepper

Bottles of French mustard Preparation:
1. Stir the shallots or garlic together with the mustard and salt.
2. Whisk in the lemon juice and vinegar, and when blended start slowly whisking in the oil, making a smooth emulsion.
3. Add the freshly ground pepper and taste (not on its own, on a bit of lettuce or other vegetable).
4. Correct the seasoning as needed with salt and pepper, and/or a bit of lemon juice.

A beautiful salad in Provence Asian Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp of nam pla, fish sauce, or soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
Chopped fresh cilantro, Thai basil, or chile peppers (optional)

Mix the ingredients together, adding the herbs (if used) at the end.

How to use these wonderful vinaigrettes? Chef Mark recommends the following options:
1. Asian Salad/Slaw: shredded carrots, scallions, cabbage, green papaya, sweet peppers, jicama, cucumbers.
2. Salad of Potato & Pickled Onion: poached & sliced potato, fresh herbs, pickled red onion, pickles or capers, and vinaigrette.
3. Warm Salad of Green Lentils: cooked green (le Puy) lentils, diced carrots, leeks, turnips, peppers, heated with vinaigrette.

Interested in cooking with Chef Mark in sunny Provence? check out our week-long Cuisine and Culture of Provence cooking vacation.

By Peg Kern

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