Vinaigrette for those artichokes

Vinaigrette…a word you’ll rarely hear in Haiti, if ever. “Sauce de salade” (salad dressing) is more commonly used.

Why share a vinaigrette recipe on this blog you might ask? What’s so Haitian about it?

The answer is simple: in my family, artichokes and good garlicky vinaigrettes go hand in hand.

And since I shared the story of that mischievous child and her artichoke battles with you, I must share the vinaigrette recipe as well.

Now, these days, Haitians surely make a wide variety of salad dressings, but the vinaigrette is the one I grew up with. If our tastes, and with them our recipes, have changed through the years it’s because of our exposure to other countries and cultures.

This vinaigrette is easy to prepare. No need to run to the grocery store. You will most definitely find all the ingredients you need in your pantry.

I personally prefer my vinaigrette with a lot of salt as I think it enhances the flavors. However, feel free to adjust the salt according to your taste or health.

Enjoy with your, hopefully, ‘big’ artichokes…or favorite salad 🙂


  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • ½ part water
  • 3 parts olive oil
  • 1 or 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all your ingredients in a bottle. Whisk or shake. Allow the flavors to macerate for a couple of hours before serving.

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