Basic Vinaigrette (Plus Variations!)



  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar of choice (balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a liquid measuring cup or bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Stir well with a small whisk or a fork until the ingredients are completely mixed together.
  2. Taste, and adjust as necessary. If the mixture is too acidic, thin it out with a bit more olive oil or balance the flavors with a little more maple syrup or honey. If the mixture is a little blah, add another pinch or two of salt. If it doesn’t have enough zing, add vinegar by the teaspoon.
  3. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for future use. Homemade vinaigrette keeps well for 7 to 10 days. If your vinaigrette solidifies somewhat in the fridge, don’t worry about it—real olive oil tends to do that. Simply let it rest at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes or microwave very briefly (about 20 seconds) to liquify the olive oil again. Whisk to blend and serve.

Braised Chicken With Rosemary, Chickpeas and Salted Lemon

  • YIELD 4 servings
  • TIME 50 minutes
Braised Chicken With Rosemary, Chickpeas and Salted Lemon


  • 2 ½ pounds whole chicken legs or bone-in, skin-on thighs
  • 1 lemon, halved lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed
  •  Black pepper
  • 4 cups hearty greens like spinach, kale or mustard greens, trimmed and torn
  • 1 cup mix of fresh herbs like dill, parsley and mint
  •  Full-fat Greek yogurt, for serving