How to Make a Basic Vinaigrette

One of the best things you can do at home to make your dishes more exciting and flavorful is making your own vinaigrette. Vinaigrette is the ideal topping for all salads and can even come in handy with rice and pasta too! With the right vinaigrette, you’ll always have the perfect topping in the convenience of your home.

Purchasing your vinaigrettes come with the risk of not knowing what is inside of them. There is a chance that you’re purchasing artificial flavors and preservatives you don’t want in your food.

So, for today, I’m going to give you a recipe on how to make a basic vinaigrette. This vinaigrette comes from ingredients that are in your kitchen right now and provides a healthy solution to your topping needs!

This vinaigrette can be used as a foundation for future creative and healthy recipes you improvise in your own time. Whether you’re into saltier, sweeter, or spicier vinaigrettes to dress your salads with, this recipe is your go-to base for the basics.

Thanks to its natural nature, there are not many ingredients you’ll need in order to make it, which also means it’s extremely quick to make.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of red or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt

Once you’ve collected all of your ingredients, there’s no hassle in the assembly. All you need to do is combine these ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. You’ll want a uniform yellow-colored vinaigrette as the final result. This ensures that everything is mixed together properly.

I like to use glass mason jars, as they’re a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic containers. If you’d like to purchase your own glass mason jars like the ones I use, you can check out my Amazon page filled with my kitchen musts.

Once you’ve made your complete vinaigrette and you have the right color, you can now store it in the fridge for up to seven days! That means you’re covered for the entire week! It’s a quick and easy healthy vinaigrette you can modify and use as much as you want. You should get at least one cup worth of vinaigrette from this recipe, which will easily make it through your daily salads and meals.

This basic vinaigrette recipe is a great solution to soak tougher salads in as well, such as those that use kale leaves. The vinaigrette makes them subtly softer and easier to digest, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

If you’re interested in seeing more quick and easy recipes such as this one, then be sure to check out my YouTube channel where I post tutorial videos on homemade recipes.

Stay healthy,