#InaFridays: Vinaigrette For Green Salad


It’s Ina Friday again!  First Friday of every month we blog a recipe from Ina Garten’s kitchen.  For the uninitiated, Ina Garten is a beloved chef who has trailblazed through the cooking world with her simple-to-make-yet-fabulous-to-eat recipes. A former White House nuclear analyst, Ina is noted for using fresh ingredients and wonderful time saving tips on cooking. Her foray into chef stardom started with opening of her Gourmet store ‘Barefoot Contessa’, followed by writing of numerous mega successful cookbooks and she continues to evolve as a celebrity chef in the popular Food Network decade long show ‘The Barefoot Contessa’.Adapted from Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa


The Menu for this month calls for Salad/soups or sides. I decided to go with a salad this time. The salad dressing I chose is simple, delicious and most important, gets ready in 5 minutes. Simply pour the delicious dressing over the salad leaves and you are good to go!

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#InaFridays: Vinaigrette For Green Salad
Recipe type: salad
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • ½ cup good olive oil (I used EVO)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Salad greens - 1 bunch (or more, depending on number of people)
  1. Whisk together vinegar, garlic,salt, pepper, and mustard.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil and whisk well to incorporate to allow it to emulsify.
  3. Once the mixture is smooth, pour over greens and serve immediately.
  4. Sprinkle with some more salt and pepper if you wish.


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30 comments for “#InaFridays: Vinaigrette For Green Salad

  1. May 3, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Isn’t it funny where life takes us? I wonder if Ina ever thought that she’d cook for a living?

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      I wonder that too Lorraine. I do think she was at the right place at the right time too.

  2. CCU
    May 3, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    mmmm Ina you do it again 😀
    Lovely recipe!

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    • May 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Thanks Uru!

  3. May 3, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    I really like Ina’s approach to food preparation. Nothing too fancy, always fresh and I’ve never been disappointed in a recipe. This looks great.
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    • May 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      I like the simplicity of this vinaigrette too.

  4. May 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I plan to make a salad for dinner and I am hoping to use this dressing. It looks good and is -perfect for what I am making.
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    • May 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      It’s a good one. The salad green are yumm.

  5. May 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I make that same vinaigrette–or my version of it–every week. I use it on green salads, on grilled vegetables–even on grilled chicken. Gorgeous salad dressing, Minnie. Happy Ina Friday!
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    • May 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      How wonderful!! Happy Ina Friday to you too Alyce.

  6. May 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Thanks for sharing. This looks great as the temperature starts to work its way up.
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    • May 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Thanks Misty for stopping by!

  7. May 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    you are quite an active blogger, eh? always busy with things which people like me don’t understand. this salad looks cool!

    need to read some of the posts which i have missed here. love those stories which you write 🙂

    • May 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      It’s blogger friends like you who keep me from thoughts of dropping and walking away from it all 😀 Thanks DJ for the support, even when you don’t understand any of it. My quirky mind will come up with something soon, I promise. Thanks for bearing my ramblings till then.

  8. May 3, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Lovely salad, Minnie. I too love Ina’s approach to cooking. It’s so fun to be part of this group!
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    • May 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Ditto!! Thanks Martha 🙂

  9. May 4, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Don’t we all love a good Vinaigrette. I am ashamed to say that I buy mine from a farm cafe that make their own. Your post has however inspired me to atleast try my own.

    • May 4, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Lol!! I am guilty of the same, even worse, because I have known to be happy buying them off the grocery shelf. But once in a while, I get motivated, and make some of my own.
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  10. May 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Yum! This looks so delicious and easy to make. I’m planning on making a salad today, so this is perfect. Thanks. 🙂
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    • May 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Thanks Colynn 🙂

  11. May 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    My children refuse to eat bottled dressing so for years now I make my own with any salad. My favourite is a vinaigrette very similar to this but my version.
    Good job Minnie!
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    • May 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Thanks a ton Nazneen!

  12. May 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Thank you Minnie for stopping by my blog 🙂 Love Ina Garten’s recipes 🙂 My favourite is her chocolate ganache. I have to try the dressing, never used champagne vinegar before.
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  13. May 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I love thi greens and if its drizzle with this kind of dressing, its sone pe suhaga. very light and fresh.
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  14. May 8, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    I like to make my own salad dressing too. It’s always so much nicer. I have a similar recipe to the one you’ve shown only mine doesn’t use champagne vinegar. I must try this. Charles from Five Euro Food posted a recipe about making your own champagne vinegar. I should do that too xx
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  15. May 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    such a simple and fresh salad. I love Ina Garten’s recipe. so easy to whip.

  16. May 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Loved this salad Minnie.. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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