Mixed Green Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette Recipe

The Tarragon Vinaigrette used in this Mixed Green Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette recipe is absolutely fantastic! I have always loved the flavor of tarragon and was excited to make this salad. Together this outstanding dressing and the combination of different fresh greens make a delightful salad. Give it a try!


Mixed Greens with Tarragon Dressing


This delightful salad recipe and dinner menu were generously shared with my by Linda Sandberg of Newberg, OR. Linda belongs to a Gourmet Dinner Group that delights in making wonderful foods that they share together. Please check out An Evening for Valentines which includes this recipe.
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Mixed Green Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mixed Green Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
  • 4 teaspoon Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound frisee (French curly endive), torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 head (1 pound) Boston lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 bunch (1/2 pound) arugula, coarse stems discarded
  • 1 bunch (1/2 pound) watercress, coarse stems discarded
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper.  Then add the olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.  Whisk in tarragon.

  2. In a large salad bowl, toss the frisee, Boston lettuce, arugula, and watercress and then season with salt and pepper.

  3. NOTE:  Greens can be washed, trimmed, and torn one (1) day ahead and chilled in a sealed plastic bag lined with paper towels.

  4. DO NOT OVERDRESS YOUR SALADS - Too much salad dressing will weight down the salad ingredients and mask their flavors.  The dressing's role is to highlight not to overpower the salad ingredients.  A general rule is 1/4 cup of dressing for 6 cups of greens.  As soon as your salad is mixed, taste a leaf to see if there is sufficient dressing.  If not, drizzle some more over the salad, a tablespoon at a time; toss and taste again.

  5. Makes 8 servings.


Sources: Recipe from Gourmet Magazine, September 2003 and the Epicurious.com website. Photo by Miki Duisterhof.

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