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Shallot, Mustard, and Flaxseed Oil Dressing

by Berkeley Wellness  

A rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (a type of omega-3 fatty acid), flaxseed oil has a deep, nutty flavor that is delicious in a salad dressing. If you don’t have flaxseed oil, you can still make a reasonable facsimile of this dressing by using 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil. Keep this dressing on hand for tossing with steamed vegetables, drizzling on tomatoes, or for any occasion when you would use a vinaigrette.

Makes ½ cup.


  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 shallot, minced, or 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


In a screw-top jar, combine the vinegar, flaxseed oil, mustard, brown sugar, shallot, garlic, and salt. Close and shake to blend. Store the dressing in the refrigerator.

Nutrition per tablespoon: 40 calories, 4g total fat (0g saturated), 0g dietary fiber, 2g carbohydrate, 0g protein, 105mg sodium.

A good source of: omega-3 fatty acids.

Also see Dill-Caper Dressing.