Hue and Cry: Scallion Vinaigrette

Spice up a salad with this scallion vinaigrette recipe.

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Makes about 1/2 cup

In late winter and early spring, scallions are often very inexpensive. This vinaigrette uses an entire bunch (usually six) in a dressing that is equally good with green or vegetable salads. Dill or tarragon complement many winter vegetables—beets, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes—particularly well. This recipe makes a small batch of vinaigrette; use it sparingly as it is very flavorful.

  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed to about 3 inches of green
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or ­tarragon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 sprigs fresh dill or tarragon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


1. Slice the scallions 1/4 inch thick. Place them in the container of a blender or food processor along with the vinegar, olive oil, and herb sprigs. Blend or process about 1 minute, or until the vinaigrette is thick.

2. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper. Adjust with a few drops of vinegar or oil if necessary. Store as long as two days in the refrigerator.

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Susan Belsinger of Brookeville, Maryland, and Carolyn Dille of San Jose, California, were formerly partners in a cooking and catering enterprise that took them around the world. They have coauthored many outstanding cookbooks; their current work in progress,, will be published by Interweave Press.