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

Garlic press (if you have one)
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Cutting board
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


1. Put 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.