vin·​ai·​grette | \ˌvi-ni-ˈgret \

Definition of vinaigrette 

1 : a sauce made typically of oil, vinegar, and seasonings and used especially on salads, cold meats, or fish

called also vinaigrette dressing

2 : a small ornamental box or bottle with perforated top used for holding an aromatic preparation (such as smelling salts)

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And don’t forget the trusty vinaigrette, which can be way more interesting than just plain olive oil and vinegar. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 2018 Serve steak, tomatoes and garlic drizzled with vinaigrette, and arugula salad. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Seared Steak with Blistered Tomatoes," 17 Aug. 2018 The American Red Beer is paired with a Carolina BBQ Hot Dog (Carolina Gold BBQ pulled pork topped with mustard vinaigrette coleslaw). Lauren Delgado,, "Disney Springs restaurants serving special barbecue dishes, beer pairings this summer," 28 June 2018 Pass the vinaigrette through a chinois or strainer. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "After an epic ecological comeback, the local, versatile rockfish has become a restaurant rock star," 27 June 2018 Both came with a fresh house salad with a light, summery lime vinaigrette. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "This new high-rise cafe in Fort Worth has a great view. And surprise: It's not expensive," 28 May 2018 Also finding favor was a salad made of Boston lettuce, roasted beets, figs and goat cheese, finished off with a subtly tangy citrus vinaigrette. Tim Smith,, "Exceptional food, pleasant setting at Kings Contrivance Restaurant," 17 May 2018 To serve, the cook scooped out generous spoonfuls alongside a green salad dressed with a sharp vinaigrette. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "No Time for a Breakfast Soufflé? Try a ‘Soufflazy’," 22 Feb. 2018 The vinaigrette itself is a lovely thing to make, with its Meyer lemon juice; aromatic, slightly sweeter than regular juice. Polly Campbell,, "Chef and a Recipe: Justin Uchtman of Sartre does spring vegetables," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of vinaigrette

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for vinaigrette

French, from vinaigre vinegar

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English Language Learners Definition of vinaigrette

: a mixture of oil, vinegar, and seasonings that is used especially as a salad dressing

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