vin·​ai·​grette | \ ˌvi-ni-ˈgret How to pronounce vinaigrette (audio) \

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)

Examples of vinaigrette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pantaleo, a firm aged goat’s milk variety from Sardinia, punctuates an autumn salad of pear, chicories and mustard vinaigrette. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The sauce, said chef Tara Monsod, is like a vinaigrette and doesn’t need to be cooked. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Her order was always the same: the Spa Salad, a healthier riff on the Cobb with chicken, avocado, turkey bacon, aged cheddar, egg, and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 25 Aug. 2021 Top with chicken and any remaining vinaigrette in bowl. Kate Merker, Country Living, 11 Aug. 2021 Add the vinaigrette to the salad and toss to combine. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Share a broccolini and burrata grain bowl salad filled with farro grains, pistachios, dried apricot and radicchio with a chili vinaigrette. New York Eateries, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 On the menu was a garden salad dressed with a light vinaigrette followed by lasagne de legumes, a simple and savory fare. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2021 Crispy local squid tossed in a fish sauce vinaigrette and herbs top the dish. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of vinaigrette was in 1811

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“Vinaigrette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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