Shield's Tavern Herb Dressing

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Julesong

The Shield's Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg opened in the 1740s and was a familiar gathering spot for burgesses, travelers, and townspeople. This recipe for herb dressing from a flier my mother received at Williamsburg is a favorite in our house! Cook time includes chilling.

Top Review by splfx1679

I love the Shield's Tavern herb dressing and have been making it for years from a recipe I procured while dining at the tavern. The listed amount of vinegar is incorrect. It should read a total of 1/3 third of a cup of vinegar, half red wine and half cider vinegar .

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the pepper, salt, mustard, egg yolk, and vinegars.
  2. Whisking constantly, gradually add the oil slowly and gradually until the dressing is emulsified and becomes creamy.
  3. Whisk in the curry powder, thyme, and oregano.
  4. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving, so that the herbs can release their flavor into the mixture.
  5. Note: please notice that there is raw egg yolk in this dressing- pregnant women are generally advised to avoid foods containing raw eggs.

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