Basic Vinaigrette Dressing (with 3 Variations)
  • 2/3 cup (I like California olive oil, but choose your favorite. Some people like an oil with a very light flavor, like canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.5 tsp ground black pepper
Consider adding any or all:
  • 2 tablespoons diced shallots
  • 1 -2 tsp Italian seasoning (i use Kroger's Private Selection for spices)
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise (or yogurt or sour cream)
  1. This is a whole lot of dressing! Make this on a Sunday and use it, add to it, change it all week long.
  2. Whisk the first four ingredients and then build your vinaigrette from there. Consider getting more creative as you go. Further options include adding: blue cheese, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs ... or putting the vinaigrette with added ingredients into a blender to make it extra smooth.
If I'm just making enough for a big dinner salad for my family, I whisk 3 T of olive oil, 2 T of vinegar and add salt and pepper. If I want a little more, I just eyeball a dollop of dijon mustard, a little pour of maple syrup and a dollop of mayonnaise. Whisk and enjoy!
Recipe by StyleBlueprint at