Best Simple Salad Dressing Recipe: This Vinaigrette Dressing Is Perfect for Dipping & Picky Eaters Love It by Amy Fothergill

Best Simple Salad Dressing Recipe: This Vinaigrette Dressing Is Perfect for Dipping & Picky Eaters Love It

If you have picky eaters, you know how hard it is to get them to eat vegetables or salads. I’m very lucky to have kids who are good eaters. Here’s what I have learned over the years:

  • They eat salad when I eat salad.
  • They eat things that I think taste good (flavor is important).
  • I don’t give them a snack before dinner (they eat more if they are hungry).
  • I do give them treats. Instead of saying “No” to everything, I try to use the phrase, “Yes, after you have...”

If you want to entice your picky eaters to eat salad or vegetables, try my simple salad dressing recipe. It's the best vinaigrette dressing for salads, but you also can use it as a dip for vegetables or crusty bread. It's so easy, and I bet your kids will love it!

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

Servings: 1


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Here's how to make it:

Drizzle the olive oil and rice wine vinegar over lettuce or veggies. Drizzle agave nectar over that, then season it with sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste. Toss and serve. If using as a dip, simply add the ingredients to a small bowl or plate and serve (and dip away)!

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Chef Gigi Gaggero, Resident Chef
Amy Fothergill Chef- I LOVE this! It is SO true- kids will often emulate their Parent unit! I'm stayin on my game lady - the kids keep me food and exercise honest ! ( and cussing 😳)
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Great tip, Amy Fothergill! So happy to welcome you to our 30Second Mom tribe. You're so right, Chef Gigi Gaggero! And thank YOU for being so amazing! xoxo
Donna John
This is a great reminder for parents, @amythefamilychef. I have to remind others sometimes not to give their opinions about certain foods in front of my 4-year-old grandson. Or to say he won't like something in front of him before he's even tried it. That's just asking for him not to!

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