Definition of vinaigrette in US English:



  • 1Salad dressing of oil, wine vinegar, and seasoning.

    • ‘New recipes arrived via people rather than books and my sister's summer in France introduced us to tabbouleh, ratatouille and real vinaigrette on salads.’
    • ‘For lunch I had courgette soup followed by a smoked chicken salad drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette.’
    • ‘Too much vinaigrette will ruin the salad: add a bit at a time, until the salad is lightly coated.’
    • ‘You can also use soy-based mayonnaise and light vinaigrette dressings in potato and macaroni salads and coleslaw.’
    • ‘Variations of curry vinaigrette, juniper vinaigrette, and mustard oil vinaigrette created a whole new sauce dialogue.’
    • ‘To serve, spoon some marrow bean vinaigrette in the center of a plate and drizzle some salsa verde around the dish.’
    • ‘Gently toss both types of asparagus, figs and mustard greens with some vinaigrette.’
    • ‘In Lincolnshire you eat stuffed chine with vinegar, but vinaigrette and salad with bread and butter and mustard seem better to me.’
    • ‘They both offer wonderfully subtle and sweet tastes, best brought out by a salad dressed with a sharp and tangy vinaigrette.’
    • ‘This evening I served the steak with pak choi, oyster mushrooms, snow peas, slow roasted tomatoes, soya and lime vinaigrette and horseradish oil.’
    • ‘The pomme d' amour is also the central flavouring and colouring agent in the famous Creole sauce - a sauce almost as international as vinaigrette or mayonnaise.’
    • ‘Drizzle the scallops with the passion fruit vinaigrette and sour cream sauce.’
    • ‘Then a small, exquisite pumpkin soup, followed by ravioli of langoustine with a light lobster vinaigrette and other bits and pieces, a combination of flavours I shall long remember.’
    • ‘Yellow chicken, fatty beef, brown and white rice, hummus, yogurt and vinaigrette salads were spread out in front of me.’
    • ‘You might want a sparkling Bibb lettuce salad, too, mined with hearts of palm and dressed in mustardy vinaigrette.’
    • ‘Spoon a portion of red curry vinaigrette around the steak tartare.’
    • ‘Same goes for the noon menu's immaculately roasted salmon in a refined, brothy ratatouille vinaigrette.’
    • ‘Add some mustard vinaigrette and toss to combine.’
    • ‘The world doesn't need another dish befouled by blackberry vinaigrette.’
    • ‘We do have a home made, sugar free mint sauce and a home made oil and fat free vinaigrette salad dressing.’
  • 2historical A small ornamental bottle for holding smelling salts.

    • ‘She rummaged in her reticule for a vinaigrette, dabbed her handkerchief with it and pressed the handkerchief to her nose.’
    • ‘"I hope you brought your own vinaigrette tonight, Lady Woodbridge?" Althea asked innocently, "I'm afraid to say that I left mine in Hertfordshire."’
    • ‘Miss Lyell, who had returned the vinaigrette to her reticule, now fumbled for it again,’
    • ‘We often read about overwrought ladies reaching for their vinaigrettes, or of stalwart heroes reviving a swooning damsel by waving a vinaigrette beneath her nose.’
    • ‘We left the windows open for a few hours, but the apartment still smells like a vinaigrette.’


French, diminutive of vinaigre ‘vinegar’.