Garlicky Mustard Vinaigrette


This is a good basic, tangy salad dressing that you can adjust to your own taste. Red wine vinegar will make it mellow, for example, while balsamic will make it a bit sweet. Add different herbs, if you like. It makes plenty: enough for the Classic(ish) Three-Bean Salad and then a couple of large green salads too.

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Garlic Press (if you have one)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Jar with a tight-fitting lid



  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons vinegar (any kind)
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or put through a press
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste



  • Put all the ingredients in the jar, screw on the lid tightly, and shake until blended.
  • Use right away or cover and refrigerate up to 2 weeks. 

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