Vinaigrette Dressing

Cuisine: French

Cook Time: 5

Serves: 2

As much as you love salads, the same readymade dressings over and over again can get a little tedious. Instead, try making light and delicious vinaigrette dressing to add a spark to a dull and basic salad! 

  • Olive oil: ½ cup
  • Vinegar of choice (Balsamic, white wine, red wine): 3 tablespoons
  • Dijon mustard for some rich flavor: 1 tablespoon 
  • Maple syrup or honey for a bit of a sweet kick: 1 tablespoon 
  • Garlic (pressed or minced): 2 medium cloves 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Quick and easy Salad Dressing for any occasion!

  1. Combine all your ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup.
  2. Use a whisk or fork to stir until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed in.
  3. Taste and adjust according to your taste. To counteract acidity, thin it out with olive oil or add a bit of maple syrup/honey to balance it out. If it is bland, add a dash of salt until it tastes right. To sharpen the taste, add vinegar, one teaspoon at a time. 
  4. Serve immediately. If you want to store it away for later, make sure to cover it well. The vinaigrette will last in your refrigerator for 7-10 days. 

If the mixture solidifies, let it rest at room temperature for a while. You could also microwave it for 20 seconds. Make sure to stir it after heating to blend the ingredients. 

Great for vegetables, fruits, and greens, this basic recipe is a yummy, homemade addition to your dressing collection! Vinaigrette dressing is a must-have for every salad-lover out there. 

Quick Bites

Fun Fact
  • Sponges were soaked in scented vinegar and contained in small articulate boxes called vinaigrettes.
  • It was carried by the ladies especially in the Victorian era to counter stench from open sewers and other foul places they had to travel across.
Historical Fact
  • Vinaigrette is derived from the French word “vinaigre” meaning vinegar.
  • The usage of the word “vinaigrette” dates back to 1699 in John Evelyn's book on salads and Acetaria.
Nutrition Fact
  • Vinegar has a variety of health benefits ranging from improving a person's complexion to lowering cholesterol and aiding weight loss.
  • Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and may reduce the risk of a few chronic diseases.