Anchovy Herb Vinaigrette {recipe} – And by “Eating” It, We Mean

Anchovy Herb Vinaigrette
I’ve been eating this dressing for the last three days. And by “eating” this dressing, I don’t mean politely drizzling it over a plate of salad greens and “eating” it.

No, by “eating,” I mean using whole leaves of butter lettuce to scoop the dressing out of the jar, dripping it across the countertop and “eating” it. I mean dunking leftover shreds of roast chicken into the jar and “eating” it. I mean just taking sips straight from the edge of the jar, “eating” it.

I’m not exaggerating. I actually did that.

Anchovy Herb Vinaigrette is basically a lighter, thinner, but stronger-in-flavor version of the Green Goddess dressing I’ve been pouring onto everything. It’s the dressing we made originally for a Nicoise Salad, but have kept in a jar in the fridge to use with everything else.

Anchovy Herb Vinaigrette


1 or 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
½ small shallot, chopped
2 anchovy fillets
handful of parsley leaves
juice from half lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
2-4 tablespoons warm water
pinch of sugar
½ cup olive oil


Place all the ingredients in a food processor on medium speed until combined.

Alternatively, very finely mince the garlic, then mash with a fork with the anchovies, salt and pepper. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk to combine.

Keep in a jar with tightly fitting lid in refrigerator for a few days.

by Sarah J. Gim on July 17, 2011 · 4 comments

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Mariko July 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Finally, a recipe that makes me want to make a salad right this second,
Or at least get out a spoon.


Tammi Kibler May 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

There is no vinegar in this recipe. Is that correct?


Bill August 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm

I was thinking the same thing then saw lemon juice in the recipe. Have you tried it? I am going to try it. I love niscoise salad.

Theresa March 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I just made this dressing and poured it over some curly endive with a couple of Castelvetrano olives thrown in. Talk about umami! I didn’t add salt because I am able to buy anchovies that are packed in salt and even when rinsed these are pretty salty. I added salt as needed after the lettuce was dressed.
This was fantastic. I can’t wait to see how it tastes tomorrow. I hope I don’t drink it all : )


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