How to make basic vinaigrette

how to make basic vinaigret

Today, I brought to you an easy homemade basic vinaigrette dressing for summer salads. Finally, the long and sunny days have arrived and who doesn’t like to enjoy every free moment outside eating a delicious salad bowl with some kind of grilled meat? I do. For this reason, I always have on hand in my fridge a homemade salad dressing to save time in the kitchen and enjoy more of the fresh air outside 😉

how to make basic vinaigrette

I love to make my own salad dressing because when it comes to flavor, homemade salad dressings taste much better than the store bough dressings any time. Another reason why to make your salad dressing is because you can avoid the high sodium and preservatives that come in the bottled options that you find in stores.

Talking about the recipe… Some people don’t like to incorporate garlic into their dressings because they think it tastes very strong, but when you finely mince the garlic, the very small pieces will incorporate easily and spread throughout your dressing and then the taste won’t be as strong. I also like to use whole-wheat mustard because I love the texture of it, but you can use the traditional one too, since it won’t affect the flavor of the dressing. One last thing, because this dressing can easy separate, you must shake or whisk it before serving.

You can store your homemade vinaigrette in a mason jar (covered container) in the fridge for over 3 days. More than that your dressing can go bad since it doesn’t have any preservatives.

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How to make basic vinaigrette
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Learn how to make basic vinaigrette. It is easy than you think and healthier too because doesn’t have any preservatives. Enjoy!
  • 1 teaspoon clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or white-wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Finely mince a clove of garlic.
  2. Place in a salad dressing jar with the whole grain Dijon mustard.
  3. Pour the lemon juice into mixture with kosher salt and black pepper.
  4. Whisk to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Slowly pour extra-virgin olive oil, whisking as you go to incorporate.
  6. Taste to check the seasoning and it is done.
  7. Enjoy it on your favorite salad.

I hope I inspired you to create your own vinaigrette in your kitchen today.

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How to make Basic Vinaigrette

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  1. says

    I love making my own homemade dressings! I’ve found that absolutely NOTHING beats the flavor. —Bottled dressing doesn’t even hold a candle. 😉 This looks ah-MAZING, Olivia! And your photos are just beautiful. I want this dressing on my lunch salad this afternoon! Pinned.

  2. says

    I love making my own vinaigrettes! It’s so fun experimenting with different oils and vinegars. I love that you put garlic in yours! And so true about mincing it really fine. I actually grate my garlic, so it’s just teeny tiny specks. Your pictures are beautiful!

    • says

      Nat, you are so kind. Thanks for your compliment 😉 I always add garlic because if I don’t my husband complains… hahahha! He is a huge fan of garlic! I love too. It is good for you and has an amazing flavour. I always love when you stop by, Nat!

  3. says

    What a good post! I recently tried to make a red wine vinaigrette and it was horrible. Like really really terrible! Ha! It left me a little jaded, but I am going to try your version, it looks fantastic!

  4. says

    I love making homemade dressings! They are so good and really so simple to make! This looks perfect to have on hand for all the salads I’ll eat this summer : )

  5. says

    Homemade dressings taste so much better than store bought! Add in the fact that they are so simple to make, and there is no reason not to make them from scratch. Thanks for the recipe – pinning it now. Beautiful pics!

  6. says

    I don’t know how I survived before I learned how to make my own dressing! I can’t believe how easy it is and how much better it is than the store bought stuff. This is definitely a recipe that everyone needs to know! Also, I put a ton of raw garlic in my vinaigrette, other people may not enjoy my breath afterwards, but I love it!

  7. says

    Homemade dressings are the best and this one looks perfect! Love the sound of the flavors in here and the photos are gorgeous Olivia :)

  8. says

    Homemade dressing is my favourite! I put it on everything and always have some handy in the fridge. I love this recipe and I too store it in a mason jar. Yum! Perfect for salad season.

  9. says

    Beautiful pictures, Olivia. Who would have thought that a dressing could be so beautiful! Thanks for this because I’ve often looked for a simple go-to dressing (mainly for the quantities) and this recipe would be great for that. It’s a good idea to keep some ready in the fridge. I don’t know why I don’t do that!

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