Calling a salad dressing a “revelation” could appear to be a bit hyperbolic, however when you’ve tried a salad drizzled with this Tarragon French dressing, you’ll see that it’s certainly one.

pouring dressing over microgreens and spiralized veggies

Tarragon is one in every of my favourite herbs, and I don’t fairly perceive why it’s so underrated. Maybe that it’s so refined when in comparison with a extra daring and bossy herb like rosemary or basil. Or possibly it’s that it has a slight anise or licorice taste to it. I’m unsure.

I occur to like cooking with tarragon! It’s nice with meat and poultry. I add it to my Waldorf Rooster Salad, or serve it with Filet Mignon Steaks or Spatchcocked Rooster. 

However it’s also nice with veggies. One in every of my oldest and properly liked recipes on Wholesome Seasonal Recipes is my Asparagus with Tarragon French dressing. I like to make within the spring when asparagus is in season. And that lead me to creating a springtime panzanella with asparagus and… you guessed it, tarragon!

Tarragon vinaigrette in a jar with a big bowl of salad with spiralized veggies

Regardless of the purpose that tarragon is certainly underused, I feel it deserves its time within the solar. That day is immediately my associates. The tarragon is the simple star of this French dressing, and turns it from humble to dazzling! 

Elements For Tarragon French dressing

  • Olive Oil: For Salad Dressings, I like to recommend utilizing a top quality extra-virgin olive oil. Because the dressing isn’t heated, the fruity flavors of the olive oil will shine by means of.
  • Champagne Vinegar: When you occur to like vinegars like I do, then you’ll have a bottle of this delicate vinegar in your pantry. If not, you possibly can substitute white wine vinegar.
  • Shallot: Since it is a traditional dressing, I used shallot. When you do not need it, you should utilize slightly knuckle-sized hunk of onion, or a clove of garlic. Peel and chop the shallot into just a few smaller items, in order that it breaks down within the blender.
  • Dijon Mustard: As I discussed in my recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing, a little bit of dijon helps to emulsify the dressing. Which is only a fancy manner of claiming that it prevents the oil and vinegar from separating.
  • Salt and Pepper: I nearly at all times name for desk salt for recipes the place the feel of the salt in unimportant. You should utilize kosher salt as a substitute of desk salt, however you’ll need to double the quantity of salt in the event you’re utilizing Diamond Crystal model.
  • Tarragon: I used recent tarragon, however if you wish to use dried it really works completely properly. Actually I feel dried tarragon is without doubt one of the few dried herbs that truly actually mimics its recent counterpart very properly. You’ll simply need to cut back to 2 teaspoons.
a jar of tarragon vinaigrette dressing on a table with salads

How To Make This Salad Dressing

Once I labored at a restaurant known as Isabel’s on the Waterfront, I made large gallon sized vats of tarragon French dressing for the catering and cafe menus. This a lot smaller batch makes one cup which is about sufficient for 2 household sized salads. Listed below are the straightforward peasy directions. {Full printable recipe is under within the recipe card!}

How To Combine The Tarragon French dressing

To combine this dressing I take advantage of both a blender, a mini-prep meals processor or an immersion blender. Any of those choices would work.

the ingredients in the blending jar
Step 1. Mix the components within the blender, mini prep or mixing jar.

I do know it looks as if an additional step, and further dishes, however mixing the dressing with an equipment makes it maintain it’s emulsion. (There’s that phrase once more!) Mixing it additionally chops up the shallot and provides the dressing an total shallot style with out leaving huge chunks of shallot in it.

When you don’t have one in every of these mixing units, then you possibly can actually mince the shallot and whisk the dressing by hand, like on this French French dressing recipe, simply word it’ll separate shortly.

Puree the dressing with an immersion blender
Step 2. Puree till the dressing is easy, the shallot is chopped and the oil is emulsified into the dressing.

All you need to do is, measure and mix the components collectively. No have to drizzle the oil in, it’ll combine in with the facility of the blender simply effective!

two bowls of colorful salad with a jar of dressing

Storage and Make Forward Suggestions

  • This dressing may be made as much as every week upfront so it’s nice for Meal Prep!
  • As soon as it’s blended collectively, pour it right into a jar, cowl and hold it refrigerated.
  • If it turns into stable within the fridge, set the jar in a bowl of heat faucet water, and shake it up each minute or two. It can soften in about 4 or 5 minutes.
  • Shake properly earlier than serving, as melting the dressing could trigger the emulsion to interrupt.

Serving Solutions

  • For a springtime salad, high tender lettuces with exhausting cooked eggs, radishes, steamed asparagus and crumbled goat cheese.
  • Swap this dressing in for the one on this recipe for Chopped Winter Salad.
  • For a hearty entree salad: Make composed inexperienced salads topped with cooked rooster, walnuts, apples and dried cranberries.
  • This asparagus French dressing would even be nice drizzled over cooked inexperienced veggies like snap peas, inexperienced beans or broccoli. Serve sizzling or chilly.
  • Use it to decorate cooked lentils tossed with shredded celery root or kohlrabi.
  • Tarragon and fish are nice collectively! Use this dressing as a substitute of mayo in a tuna salad. Or serve it with poached shrimp or salmon!
  • Or you possibly can spiralize beets and watermelon radishes and serve them on micro greens and leaf lettuce, like I did right here.

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This Tarragon French dressing turns a fundamental oil and vinegar salad dressing from fundamental to to inspiring! Drizzle it over steamed veggies or any mixture of salad you want!  



1 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped

¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup champagne vinegar

4 teaspoons chopped recent tarragon

1 ½ teaspoons agave or honey

2 teaspoons Dijon or brown deli mustard

¾ teaspoon salt

Freshly floor pepper to style


1.     Mix shallot, oil, vinegar, agave (or honey), tarragon, mustard, salt and pepper in a blender, mini prep or jar with an immersion blender. Puree till easy.

2.     Serve instantly or retailer refrigerated in a jar as much as 1 week. 


When you do not need recent tarragon, use 2 teaspoons dried as a substitute. 

If refrigerated dressing turns into stable, set jar in a bowl of heat water for a number of minutes to soften it. Shake properly earlier than serving.


  • Serving Dimension: 2 tablespoons
  • Energy: 195
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 250 mg
  • Fats: 21 g
  • Saturated Fats: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g

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