Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

April 21, 2022

It’s so easy to make your own salad dressings. Different types of vinegar give you endless combinations. Try red or white wine vinegar if you like a sharp dressing. White or black balsamic vinegar give more sweetness. Rice or apple cider vinegar give a smoother taste. Citrus juices like lemon, lime or orange can be added along with half the amount of vinegar. Experiment with different types of oils too. Add in a bit of honey or maple syrup for sweetness. 

This is a simple example of a dressing that keeps well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before using. Good olive oil will solidify when cold. Shake well before using.

Health Benefits In general, the healthiest salad dressing is a vinaigrette, while anything with the word “creamy” is unhealthiest.


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey, optional
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

The usual ratio for a vinaigrette is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. Combine all ingredients in a squeeze bottle or jar. Shake well to combine and taste for seasoning. If you like a sweeter dressing, add more honey. 

If you like a sharper dressing, add more vinegar or mustard. To keep your dressing from separating, add a bit of Dijon mustard. Adding garlic or chopped shallots gives the dressing more texture.