My Favorite Vinaigrette. Otherwise know as Uncle Kevin’s Vinaigrette. Also know as the Downton Abbey Dressing. But it doesn’t really matter what you call it because this stuff is liquid gold and you’re going to want the recipe in your arsenal!

My Favorite Vinaigrette |

I’m pretty adamant that when it comes to salad dressings, homemade reigns supreme. There are a lot of store bought shortcuts that I can get behind but salad dressings aren’t one of them. I’ve yet to taste a bottled dressing that I absolutely love. Tolerate, yes. Love, no.

My Favorite Vinaigrette |

Homemade vinaigrettes are so easy to make that there really is no excuse to not make them at home! My uncle holds the title as best salad dressing maker in our family. He has been given the task of making salads for our family get togethers almost exclusively because of this salad dressing. He makes a great salad, don’t get me wrong, but it’s all about this vinaigrette and has built quite a reputation in the Epstein/McKone family!

My Favorite Vinaigrette |

The recipe comes from a fun Downton Abbey cookbook that I gifted him years back. The cookbook is filled with recipes that you might have been served had you had the chance to dine at Downton back in the day. I can’t even tell you if any of the other recipes are any good but I can tell you that this vinaigrette is top notch! It is super straight forward and all pantry items. Play with the quantities if you like but I think it’s perfect just as it is!

My Favorite Vinaigrette |

Have a wonderful week and as always, thanks for reading! xoxo, Kelley

My Favorite Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot


  1. In a mason jar, combine both vinegars, lemon juice, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Stir in minced shallots. Let sit for at least an hour before serving.

photos by Kelli Hatcher/ recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks by way of Uncle Kevin 🙂

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2 Responses to My Favorite Vinaigrette

  1. DeeBee says:

    I must say… this vinaigrette is delicious. I just had a nice salad with hard boiled egg, beets, asparagus and arugula and romaine lettuce with a few olives. It was perfect.

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