EASY Vinaigrette Dressing

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    The perfect easy vinaigrette dressing for your everyday salads that comes together in less than 5 minutes! Simple to make with the best sweet and savory flavor.

    I love to make a big chopped salad for lunch or dinner. It’s loaded with veggies and has tons of fresh flavor. I always top it with this basic vinaigrette and will often throw in some homemade croutons, hard boiled eggs or even some shredded chicken. Yum!

    vinaigrette in jar with spoon

    This vinaigrette recipe is so easy and is perfect for your everyday salads! It has delicious sweet and savory flavor and can be customized based on what you’re in the mood for. It tastes great on all types of salads, like a big Mediterranean salad, steak salad or Cobb salad.

    Once you start making your own salad dressing, you won’t go back because it’s so easy to throw together!  It takes less than 5 minutes to make, and requires simple ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry. This basic vinaigrette dressing starts with 3 simple ingredients: olive oil, vinegar and honey. Then I like to add in some dijon mustard and salt and pepper for a little extra flavor. It is so delicious!

    ingredients for vinaigrette in bowls on counter

    What is vinaigrette made of?

    The base of this dressing calls for olive oil, red wine vinegar and honey, however I like to add in dijon mustard for extra flavor. I’ll also add a pinch of salt and pepper after that to finish it off. If you want to make a vinaigrette variation (like Italian vinaigrette or balsamic vinaigrette), check out the list below that includes measurements and instructions.

    • Extra virgin olive oil: Using a high quality brand make a big difference. You can even use an infused olive oil for additional flavor.
    • Red wine vinegar: This is the traditional vinegar that is used to add acidity. It’s not as sweet as other types and gives the dressing a nice zing. You can always substitute red wine vinegar with other kinds like apple cider, balsamic or white wine vinegar.
    • Honey: This adds sweetness that balances out the rich flavor from the oil and acidity from the vinegar. Honey is my personal preference, but maple syrup is another good alternative.
    • Dijon mustard: Adding dijon is optional, although I love the extra flavor it gives the dressing. The sharp, spicy taste pulls the dressing together.

    two jars of vinaigrette dressing on counter

    Variations

    You can easily transform this vinaigrette to make it your own. Swap out the vinegar, add a few extra spices or even make a creamier version if preferred. The options are endless! I always use a 2:1 ratio when making vinaigrette, meaning 2 parts oil and 1 part vinegar. If you’re a big fan of vinegar, feel free to adjust this ratio to taste.

    • Basic vinaigrette: 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup red wine vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
    • Honey dijon: 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup red wine vinegar + 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard + 1 Tablespoon honey. Salt and pepper to taste.
    • Italian: 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup red wine vinegar + 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard + 1 Tablespoon honey + 1 teaspoon minced garlic + 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste.
    • Balsamic vinaigrette: 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar  + 1-2 Tablespoons honey + 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic + 2 teaspoons dijon mustard (optional)
    • Creamy: 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup red wine vinegar + 1 Tablespoon honey + 2-3 Tablespoons mayo, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. Salt and pepper to taste.

    Storing tips

    Vinaigrette is best kept stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks. Don’t be alarmed if you notice that the oil and vinegar have separated after storing. Simply let it sit out on the counter at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then give it a good shake. It will be good as new! You may also run the jar (with the lid on) under warm water to help expedite the process.

    pouring vinaigrette over chopped salad

    Favorite ways to use vinaigrette:

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    Vinaigrette Dressing

    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: vinaigrette dressing 
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 173
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    The perfect easy vinaigrette dressing for your everyday salads that comes together in less than 5 minutes! Simple to make with the best sweet and savory flavor.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon honey
    • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard , optional

    S&P, to taste

      Instructions

      • Combine the oil, vinegar, honey and mustard in a mason jar.
      • Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake to combine.
      • Serve over your favorite tossed salad. This dressing stays fresh in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Shake well before serving. 

      Notes

      Variations:
      • Italian: 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup red wine vinegar + 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard + 1 Tablespoon honey + 1 teaspoon minced garlic + 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste.
      • Balsamic vinaigrette: 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar  + 1-2 Tablespoons honey + 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic + 2 teaspoons dijon mustard (optional)
      • Creamy: 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup red wine vinegar + 1 Tablespoon honey + 2-3 Tablespoons mayo, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. Salt and pepper to taste.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 29mg | Sugar: 2g | Iron: 0.2mg
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