Georgia Pecan Vinaigrette

  • From "How to Cook Everything"
  • Yields 1 Cup
  • Prep time: 10 min.


    • 1/2 cup Georgia pecans
    • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
    • 1/4 cup sherry, balsamic, or good red wine vinegar, plus more if desired
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Toast the pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking almost constantly, until fragrant. Place them in the container of a blender or small food processor along with the garlic and pulverize.

Place the ground nuts and garlic in a bowl and add the vinegar, salt and pepper; stir. Add the oil a bit at a time. The mixture will become creamy and quite thick. Taste to make sure the acid balance pleases you and add more vinegar if you like; if the taste is good but the mixture is too think, add warm water, a teaspoon at a time. This is best made fresh but will keep, refrigerated, for a day or so; bring back to room temperature before using.