“Oil and lemon juice separate, so when you add them to a salad, some leaves have mostly lemon, and the others, mostly oil,” says chef Jesse Schenker of Recette in New York City. He relies on xanthan gum for perfectly emulsified vinaigrettes that coat evenly.

Food & Wine
July 2012


Credit: © John Kernick

Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 1/4 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a blender, mix the fresh lemon juice and cold water at low speed. With the blender on, add the xanthan gum and blend until the liquid is slightly thickened, about 15 seconds. Increase the blender speed to medium and slowly add the grapeseed oil, and then the extra-virgin olive oil, in a thin stream and blend until creamy. Season with salt and white pepper.


Make Ahead

The vinaigrette can be refrigerated overnight; shake before using.

Serve With

Lettuce or vegetable salads, such as a shaved fennel salad with seared octopus or poached shrimp.