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Not So Basic Vinaigrette

15 minutes prep
15 minutes total

Makes 4 - 6 servings

Most of my green salads get tossed with just some olive oil and a little vinegar. But sometimes I want the dressing to be more complex and add a bit more flavor. That’s when I make this vinaigrette.

While she happens to be married to Wellspent’s Noah Cable, Kate McMillen is known for Lauretta Jean’s, her bakery on SE Division best known for pie. She also makes great salads, sandwiches, and other savory foods sometimes eaten before pie.

What you'll need


For the shopping list

1 clove of


1 bag

Baby Spinach Leaves




Red Onion


Chevre or similar soft cheese

From our shop

$9 - San Mateo - California

$8 - Santa Cruz - California

Classic Mustard

$23 - Modena - Italy

Olivewood Balsamic

$20 - Abruzzo - Italy

Pollinaria Organic

$7 - Olhão - Portugal

Fine Sea Salt

$7 - India

Cubeb Peppercorns


From the kitchen


Chef Knife


Cutting Board


Mixing Bowl



Measuring Spoons

"Her basic dressing hits all the flavor notes you want for a salad:

the tang of fresh garlic, the bite of Dijon-style mustard, and just a hint of sweet to play off the oil and vinegar. It’s as good over a simple bowl of greens as it is with a more composed salad that includes nuts, fruit, and cheese like the one we made recently."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Make the dressing by finely chopping 1 clove of garlic (or use a microplane) and mixing it with 1 teaspoon of date syrup, 1 teaspoon of classic mustard, 2 tablespoons of balsamic, 1/4 cup of olive oil in a small bowl.

Step 2

Thinly slice 1/2 of an onion. Remove the apple’s core and cut it into thin, bite-sized pieces.

Step 3

Toss the spinach with the onion and apple, then add small pieces of the cheese. Add about half the dressing, toss to blend, then taste. Add more dressing if desired.

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