Victor Protasio
Hands-On Time
15 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins
Serves 8

This vinaigrette recipe may look easy, but that quick prep time belies the complex flavors, which draw on the entire spectrum of the flavor palate. To name a few: sweet raisins, tangy vinegar, unctuous olive oil, briny capers, and herbaceous thyme are all stirred up into this delicious dressing. Let it be an inspiration to all vinaigrettes everywhere. It’s perfect for livening just about any meal up, whether it’s spooned over a toasted bagel slathered with cream cheese or the finishing touch on a gorgeous side of grilled salmon. A jar in your fridge at all times is the key to instant transformation—it can wake up the blandest of chicken or saddest of salads.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place raisins in a medium bowl. Bring vinegar and honey to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low, stirring until honey is dissolved. Pour vinegar mixture over raisins and set aside to plump, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Slowly whisk in oil, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until smooth. (Or transfer raisin mixture and oil to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to emulsify.) Stir in capers, caper liquid, pepper, salt, and thyme. Serve in a small bowl; spoon over open-faced bagels and lox.

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