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Sherry Shallot Dressing

Prepare sherry shallot dressing with a handful of simple ingredients. The bright and aromatic flavor is the perfect addition to a fresh green salad greens, grilled vegetables, or use it as a marinade for chicken and seafood. Plus, it pairs perfectly with my McCalisters’ Savannah chopped salad copycat!

Sherry shallot dressing in a container in front of a salad.

What is Sherry Shallot Dressing?

Sherry shallot dressing is crafted from sherry vinegar and fresh shallots. It is a flavorful and tangy dressing that combines the sweetness of sherry vinegar with the mild, onion-like taste of shallots.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Shallot: Shallots are sweeter than onions, but they provide the dressing with a robust flavor.
  • Garlic: I suggest using one garlic clove, but measure with your heart.
  • Sherry: Sherry vinegar is rich, nutty, and slightly sweet, making it perfect for vinaigrette. Use red wine vinegar as a substitute.
  • Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard adds creaminess to the dressing.
  • Honey: Incorporate honey for the perfect amount of sweetness. I go light on the honey out of preference, but you enjoy a sweeter dressing, I recommend using one teaspoon.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil is an ideal foundation for the dressing.
  • Spices: Enhance the flavor of the sherry shallot dressing by seasoning it with salt and pepper.

How to Make Sherry Shallot Dressing

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Peel, cut, and mince the shallot and fresh garlic. Then, add it to an airtight jar.

Shallots and the bottom of a glass container.

Step 2: Stir in the sherry, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.

Olive oil added to the glass container.

Step 3: Then, whisk in the olive oil to emulsify.

Tip: Use an immersion blender for a creamier dressing.

Remaining ingredients besides olive oil added to a glass container.

If you enjoy the sherry shallot dressing, try one of these homemade dressing recipes!

Sherry shallot dressing next to a salad.

Serving Suggestions

Replace the dressing on any salad with sherry shallot dressing. Here are some of my favorites:

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Store leftover vinaigrette in an airtight container for one week. However, because of the olive oil, it will thicken once chilled. I recommend setting it out at room temperature for 30 minutes before you’re ready to use it, then give it a good stir. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does sherry shallot dressing taste like?

The dressing has sweet undertones from the sherry vinegar, and the shallots provide a mild and sweet flavor with a hint of garlic flavor.

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Sherry shallot dressing in a container in front of a salad.

Sherry Shallot Dressing

Tressa Jamil
Prepare simple sherry shallot dressing with a handful of ingredients; it's the perfect addition to any fresh green salad or grilled vegetables. 
4 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 76 kcal
Equipment
Ingredients
  
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½-1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Instructions
 
  • Peel, cut, and mince the shallot and fresh garlic. Then, add it to an airtight jar.
  • Stir in the sherry, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.
  • Then, whisk in the olive oil to emulsify.
    Tip: Use an immersion blender for a creamier dressing.
Notes
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 2 Tablespoons | Calories: 76 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Sodium: 288 mg | Potassium: 47 mg | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin C: 2 mg | Calcium: 1 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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4.28 from 11 votes (6 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating




Jane

Friday 6th of October 2023

This recipe uses way too much Dijon for my taste. My first taste after making it was all Dijon. I was looking for something close to McAlister's sherry shallot and this was not even close. I added about 1 tablespoon more of honey to hopefully calm down the mustard flavor. We'll see. It's now in the refrigerator. By the way, I knew there was no way for a 2 tablespoon service would be 222 calories. I came up with 60.

Tressa Jamil

Friday 6th of October 2023

I try really hard to create recipes everyone loves, and I am sorry my recipe for sherry shallot dressing misses the mark for you. I appreciate your input and will carefully consider everything you've shared.

About the nutrition information, you are absolutely correct. The software I was using didn't work properly, but I have updated it in the post.

Alli

Monday 25th of September 2023

Tastes like straight onion …

Tressa Jamil

Monday 25th of September 2023

While I haven't had that experience with this dressing, I am sorry the flavor was a miss for you. May I ask what kind of a salad you put it on?

Ethan

Friday 26th of May 2023

I couldn't agree more with Julia! This sherry shallot dressing has become a staple in my kitchen too. Highly recommended!

Tressa Jamil

Monday 25th of September 2023

I am happy you have found a new go-to salad dressing. Thank you for your kind words.

Julia

Friday 26th of May 2023

This sherry shallot dressing is a game-changer for my salads! The combination of sherry and shallots creates a tangy and flavorful dressing that perfectly complements fresh greens and grilled veggies. It's so simple to make, yet adds a gourmet touch to any dish. A new favorite in my kitchen!

Tressa Jamil

Monday 25th of September 2023

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the shallot sherry dressing recipe. Nothing makes me happier than knowing my recipes add flavor to someones kitchedn. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

Emma

Thursday 13th of October 2022

Sweet, but not too sweet.

Tressa Jamil

Thursday 13th of October 2022

The flavors are pretty balanced, and that's what I love about it.