Simple Salad Dressing – Impress Your Friends

Making your own salad dressing (or Vinaigrette if you want to sound fancy) sounds like it might be complicated, but it’s actually pretty easy, with just a few ingredients you have on hand in your pantry.


The basic vinaigrette formula is simply 1 part vinegar to 3 parts olive oil. Nothing more complicated than that.

So, for your fancy homemade salad dressing/ vinaigrette, here’s what you need

  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar (I would use either balsamic or red wine vinegar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Some ground black pepper

Put ingredients in a small bowl, Wisk everything until smooth and toss with your salad. And it’s an easy thing you can make in front of your guests to impress them with your new-found chef skills.

And since Olive Oil and Vinegar can both sit in your pantry shelf by themselves, your home-made dressing will keep quite a while. If you like you can refrigerate, but this simple recipe will keep in the pantry.

Some suggestions once you get the hang of the simple salad dressing/ vinaigrette is to add:

  • Dried herbs like dill, basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, or thyme
  • Minced garlic, shallots or scallions
  • Crushed red pepper flakes for a little kick of spice
  • Dijon mustard adds an interesting mild flavor
  • A pinch of Sugar or honey helps mellow the acid taste of the vinegar

One word of caution – once you add carbohydrates to the basic mixture, the shelf life becomes shorter. Best to just make enough for your dinner party, in order to be safe.


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