Cracked Peppercorn and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Cracked Peppercorn and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook Time: 4 min
  • Total: 1 hr 4 min
  • Serving:

The unmistakable creamy tang of blue cheese pairs perfectly with lightly toasted cracked black peppercorn in this delicious vinaigrette.


  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 red fresno chiles, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, cored, torn into 3-inch wide pieces
  • 1⁄2 English cucumber, halved and cut into half moons
  • 1⁄4 cup tarragon leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup chervil leaves
  • 10 chives, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-1⁄2 teaspoons cracked black peppercorns
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 8 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. Place 2 tablespoons of the olive oil into a sauté pan over medium heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the peppercorns and the shallots and sauté for 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, stir in the vinegar, and then place the mixture into a bowl.
  2. Place two-thirds of the blue cheese into the bowl with the vinegar mixture and then add the remaining vinegar and oil and a pinch of salt. Gently stir to combine and then cover and let sit at room temperature for 40 minutes.
  3. Place the radishes, chiles, lettuce, and cucumbers into a large bowl and then fill with ice water. Keep the vegetables submerged for 5 minutes to crisp and then drain and dry.
  4. Put the vegetables into a salad bowl along with the tarragon and parsley, and then add the blue cheese mixture. Toss to coat and then serve garnished with the remaining blue cheese and the chervil and chives.


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