Easy Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe: You May Never Buy Bottled Dressing Again by Pamela Allen

Easy Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe: You May Never Buy Bottled Dressing Again

Why buy bottled vinaigrette salad dressings at the grocery store when, with just a few healthy ingredients, you can easily make your own at home? Making a healthy vinaigrette salad dressing, marinade or sauce takes only minutes and requires minimal ingredients. 

By making your own dressing for your salads, you can ensure the quality of ingredients and enjoy the fresh taste in minutes for lunch, or anytime. So easy, and so delicious. You may never buy bottled salad dressings again!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


Here's how to make it:

Use this simple formula for the base of the dressing: 

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar or citrus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste the dressing. Add an extra teaspoon or two of olive oil if you prefer a less sharp flavor. Minced fresh herbs help match the dish to other components of your meal. 

Try these delicious combinations: 

  • lime and cilantro (or parsley) 
  • balsamic vinegar and basil 
  • balsamic vinegar, lemon and garlic

Drizzle over your favorite salad as a dressing, or over a protein (chicken, beef, pork, fish) as a sauce. You can even use it as a marinade. Have fun experimenting with your favorite flavor combinations and uses!

Need help converting cooking and baking measurements? Here are some handy kitchen conversion charts.

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Olive Oil $4 & Up
Vinegar $2 & Up
Maple Syrup $4 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
I can't believe how simple it is to make your own dressing. Thank you for sharing the "secret sauce" to homemade vinaigrette! #yum

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