Julia Child's Oil and Lemon Dressing

Recipe Courtesy of 'The Way We Cook' By Julia Child

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

When Nora Ephron, director of the Julia Child movie "Julie and Julia," "Good Morning America" cooked up on of Julia's favorite salads, the Salade Nicoise. But what's a good salad without a great dressing?


  • 2 strips of fresh lemon peel, 1 by 2 ½ inches each
  • 1/4 tsp. salt, plus more, if needed
  • 1/2 Tbs. Dijon-type prepared mustard
  • 1 to 2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fine fresh oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Cooking Directions

    Mince the lemon peel very finely with the salt, scrape it into the mortar or bowl, and mash into a fine paste with the pestle or spoon.

    Beat in the mustard and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice; when thoroughly blended start beating in the oil by droplets to make a homogeneous sauce—easier when done with a small electric mixer.

    Beat in droplets more lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: lemon, mustard, oil, pepper

    Course: Dinner

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