Sydney Rea - Feb 26, 2019

How to Make a Vinaigrette

Do you ever make your own salad dressings? 

Once you taste our at home vinaigrette recipe, you'll go from buying store bought vinaigrettes to making tastier, healthier dressings at home! Our vinaigrettes are quite simple. The key is using good ingredients like a high quality extra virgin olive oil and a yummy balsamic vinegar.

Here's our secret to creating a delicious, healthy vinaigrette that can be used again and again...

D7K_1767 (1)-939129-edited.jpg

You only need 4 ingredients to make an amazing vinaigrette:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil - The dominant ingredient in the dressing. It adds the smooth, rich flavor. Our favorites? Balanced EVOO or Robust EVOO, because you can't go wrong with the basics. If we're feeling adventurous, the Meyer Lemon Olive Oil is wonderful. 

Balsamic Vinegar - Gives us the bright, acidic zing we crave in a dressing. Give it a try with flavored vinegars like Pomegranate, Strawberry or Prickly Pear. It's fun to experiment with different flavors! 

Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper - Yes, a simple seasoning...sometimes, less is more! 

And that's it! No weird ingredients you can't pronounce, no added sugar.


We stick to the 3:1 ratio. That is, 3 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar. Add a healthy pinch of Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Mix it together quickly so it emulsifies - it will turn into a thicker, combined liquid. You can use a whisk to mix it together or shake it up in a mason jar.

The best thing about this all purpose vinaigrette is that it's not just for salads. Obviously, yes, serve it over your favorite greens, but you can also drizzle it over fresh or sauteed vegetables, roasted potatoes or onto a sandwich.

You can also prep ahead of time and make a big batch. This vinaigrette can be stored in a sealed jar (we like to use a mason jar) and be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just make sure to bring it to room temperature before serving as the extra virgin olive oil will solidify in the fridge.

5 Vinaigrette Recipes:

Once you have a good combination down, you'll never waste money on a bottled of dressing again. Speaking of which, here are a few of our favorite vinaigrette recipes.

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prickly Pear Balsamic Vinaigrette
Peach Balsamic Vinaigrette
Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette


Now that you know how to make a vinaigrette Olive Mill Style,
which combination will you try?

Let us know in the comments below!

10 Easy Olive Oil Recipes