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. 

Hands-on time:
5 minutes
Total time:
5 minutes

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


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

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