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vinaigrette n : oil and vinegar with mustard and garlic [syn: French dressing, sauce vinaigrette]

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Alternative forms



  • , /vɪnəˈgrɛt/, /vIn@"grEt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛt


  1. A sauce, made of vinegar, oil, and other ingredients, used especially for cold meats.
  2. A small perforated box for holding aromatic vinegar contained in a sponge, or a smelling bottle for smelling salts; called also vinegarette.
  3. A small, two-wheeled vehicle, like a Bath chair, to be drawn or pushed by a boy or man.


small box for holding vinegar or smelling salts



fr-noun f

Extensive Definition

Vinaigrette is a mixture of vinegar (or sometimes citrus juice) and oil, often flavored with herbs, spices, and other ingredients. There are many ways to prepare Vinaigrette but a basic recipe is to slowly add 3 parts of oil at room temperature to 1 part of vinegar until it emulsifies into a smooth sauce. Salt and pepper are added for taste. Herbs are sometimes added to enhance flavour. The addition of a small amount of mustard can help keep the oil and acid in an emulsion. In France, Vinaigrette is often prepared once a week in large quantities.
Commercial preparations are often emulsified with lecithin or similar additives, while fresh preparations can be more weakly emulsified with mustard or left as mixtures that will separate. Vinaigrettes are used as sauces in many cuisines, and as salad dressings. This is the most common use of the word. See also French dressing.
Balsamic vinaigrette is a sauce made by adding olive oil and other seasonings, including chopped onion, into balsamic vinegar. Other popular vinaigrettes in French cuisine include anchovies, lemons, truffles and raspberries as the main ingredients.
Pronunciation: The correct pronunciation is "vin-eh-GRETTE", not "vineger-ETTE".
vinaigrette in Belarusian: Вінегрэт
vinaigrette in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Вінегрэт
vinaigrette in Bulgarian: Винегрет
vinaigrette in German: Vinaigrette
vinaigrette in Spanish: Vinagreta
vinaigrette in French: Vinaigrette
vinaigrette in Italian: Vinaigrette
vinaigrette in Hebrew: ויניגרט
vinaigrette in Dutch: Vinaigrette
vinaigrette in Japanese: ヴィネグレットソース
vinaigrette in Polish: Winegret
vinaigrette in Russian: Винегрет
vinaigrette in Ukrainian: Вінігрет
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