Baby Spinach With Spicy Brown Mustard Vinaigrette Salad

I don’t know how many times I say to people “Save your money and make your own salad dressing!” The big brands we are so familiar with make a killing on charging consumers top dollar for their “Unique vinaigrettes.” When I ask consumers why they choose to buy rather than make a dressing, convenience is the word most commonly used. Well, if you’ll allow me to retort, this vinaigrette is easily made in mere minutes, for far less money, and most importantly better in taste! How’s that for convenience??

Vinaigrette is a mixture of vinegar and oil, it can be flavored with spices, herbs, and a variety of other ingredients. The addition of mustard helps to keep the oil and vinegar emulsified. This vinaigrette is tart with hints of the spicy brown Kosciusko mustard, of course you can use your own spicy brown mustard if you don’t have the Kosciusko brand.

I chose to combine this dressing with baby spinach because it is my favorite fusion. Of course, you may substitute your own salad and synthesize your own salad. I have also used this vinaigrette as a marinade for chicken and beef, even some of my slow-cooker recipes. Give this dressing a whirl, it has great potential for so many dishes!!

Difficulty (Scale from 1-10): 2

Serves: 4-6

Yields approximately 3/4 cup

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes


5 tablespoons of spicy brown mustard (I use Kosciusko brand)

1/3 cup of seasoned rice vinegar

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon of ground dry chipotle flakes

1 bag (6 wt. ounces) of washed baby spinach – fresh


Whisk mustard, vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, and chipotle flakes together, and pour on top of spinach. Or, place dressing in a container and serve on the side of salad.

Enjoy your salad!