Mamou’s Win-aigrette

Current Mood: Hyper & Sleepy. Hyper Sleepy…
Current Music: Sia’s New Album

I just woke up from a 10-hour nap. Ten hours, people. Spent in bed. As if I had nothing to do and not a care in the world. Who does that kind of stuff?
But it was good and I feel a little refreshed, ready(ish) to face whatever’s thrown my way. Except for rotten tomatoes. Now if you have fresh and ripe tomatoes to throw at me, that’s a whole ‘nother story. I could make a salad of them and drizzle some of Mamou’s magical vinaigrette on there…

But really, there is no vegetable that doesn’t like being doused with the vinaigrette I couldn’t get enough of when I still lived at home. I mean, everyone’s mom makes the best salad dressing ever, right? I don’t know if it’s the extra love they put in or what, but there’s definitely something magical going on.
It yields a perfect quantity for 3.5 ounces (100 g) mixed greens, such as romaine or butter lettuce, or 2 1/2 cups (300 g) cooked green beans, or 1 3/4 cups (300 g) cubed cooked beets, or a heaping and packed 1 cup (125 g) grated carrots. Or anything, really.

(All things considered, I think some extra snoozing time is still in order. I do believe tsetse flies have gone and invaded my salad dressing jar. Now if you’ll excuse me…)

Mamou’s Magical Vinaigrette:


2 tablespoons (10 g) chopped green onion
1 clove garlic, peeled and pressed, optional (adjust amount to your liking: this amount makes for a rather garlicky flavor)
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon any mustard (Dijon, yellow, stone-ground…)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon (15 ml) flaxseed or grapeseed oil (or more olive oil)
1/4 cup (6 g) chopped fresh parsley, optional

Combine onion, optional garlic, pepper, salt and mustard, stirring with salad servers. Be sure to crush the onions while stirring to squeeze out all the flavor out of them.
Emulsify with vinegar by drizzling it in while constantly stirring. Slowly drizzle in oils, stirring constantly until the vinaigrette is creamy.
Use on any salad, sprinkling parsley on top: great with cubed beets, shredded carrot, green beans, in rice salads, steamed potatoes…Adjust amounts by doubling or tripling recipe depending on the vegetable/grain it goes onto.

Yield : 1/4 cup (60 ml)

  • Well, I see your point. This *does* look magical!

  • kitchenspoon says:

    Thanks to all the sweet cod–it’s about damn time you got some sleep over there!! Mmmmm, magical vinaigrette sounds magicalicious indeed. xx

  • lisa says:

    Fantastic. I love the sound of this vinaigrette — and it looks absolutely magical. A lovely shot.

  • Ksenia says:

    A good vinaigrette usually is enough to make some lettuce leaves or plain, steamed veggies taste absolutelly delicious :) Strangely enough, I haven’t done any in a long time, so I bookmarked the recipe to try it with my next salad :D

  • Karen S. says:

    Hi Celine, ADORE you and your Cookbook! I was wondering…what would you suggest about adding citrus to this magical elixir? I love your thoughts!

    Lots of love,
    Karen

    • Celine says:

      blush, thank you for your words Karen!
      I think that adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice instead of some or all of the vinegar, along with some lemon zest would be great in this too, for sure.

      • Karen says:

        Thank you so much, that really sounds devine, shall do! And yes yes, you needed that rest, THAT’s how you can do that – LOL! Take care of you and thanks!