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Basic Vinaigrette Dressing

This is a whole lot of dressing! Make this on a Sunday and use it, add to it, change it all week long.
5 from 1 vote
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American


  • 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


    • 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 3T of olive oil, 2T 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!
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