Sugar & Shallot Vinaigrette

Sugar?  In a vinaigrette? What?  Is that what you are thinking? These days when so many of us are trying to minimize sugar in as many dishes as we can, to see old-fashioned sugar being used in a vinaigrette – it’s let’s just say – it’s sweet. I recently had a delectable lettuce salad that my friend Donna made with sweet sugar vinaigrette. Interestingly, sugar makes this vinaigrette very light, unlike honey, agave nectar or maple syrup that can add extra color and flavor. Sugar on the other hand just dissolves into the vinaigrette adding just a bit of sweetness that is very refreshing.  Try it!

Sweet Sugar & Shallot Vinaigrette
recipe courtesy of Donna


  • 4 tbsp white balsamic or balsamic vinegar – any variety
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small shallot finely chopped – about 2 tbsp


  • In bowl whisk together vinegar, sugar, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper until well blended.


  • Add chopped shallots and mix into vinaigrette.



  • Taste and adjust for salt, for extra sweetness add more sugar, and for more sourness add more vinegar.
  • Vinaigrette is ready to add to salad of your choice.



6 thoughts on “Sugar & Shallot Vinaigrette”

  1. You are sooo sweet Kalpana. Had to laugh at the photo with that floppy hat😊but grateful it wasn’t one with rolls around my mid-section. Beautiful article and you made it look so lovely😘❤️. Donna

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