Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing
Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing has been one of my favorites for many years, and this is the dressing I love to use to make Basil Vinaigrette!
In college I supported myself by working at a now-closed Utah restaurant named Le Parisien. It was a fun place to work, and the tips were so good that I kept waiting on tables there long after I graduated and became a teacher.
At Le Parisien I had memories of serving people like Robert Redford, Vincent Price, and Billy Joel, and “the restaurant” as we called it, was where I learned to eat things like escargot, Bernaise sauce, and hearts of palm.
Besides the famous Le Parisien Garlic Bread, one thing that made this place a favorite with locals was this wonderful Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing. I ate a salad with that dressing nearly every shift I worked there, so you can imagine how excited I was when stores in Utah started carrying it about fifteen years ago.
A few years ago I was sad to hear that Max Mercier, the colorful owner of Le Parisien, had died. I wondered what would happen with the dressing, but he obviously passed on the business because the dressing was still on the shelf at my store.
Now I can still get Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing at Costco in Salt Lake (and I see it’s listed at Costco.com, but I haven’t ever ordered it from there.) Whether or not it’s widely available, and despite skeptics who would never buy pre-made dressing, I’ve loved this dressing so much for so long it will permanently be one of my Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks, where I talk about products I love.
At “the restaurant” this dressing was served on simple iceberg lettuce, but I’m more likely to eat it on romaine or cucumbers. However, my absolute favorite use for Le Parisien vinaigrette is to mix it with chopped fresh basil or basil puree and make basil vinaigrette. When it’s summer and tomatoes are starting to ripen, this is something I always have in my fridge.
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