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Homemade Vinaigrettes

Yield: 1 Cup Total Time: approx. 15 minutes

Vinaigrettes are made with oils, vinegars or citric acids, and flavor boosters. Making your own creation is as easy as picking one or more items from each of these 3 categories and blending them together!

Choose your oil(s):

  • Extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil

Tip: EVOO is the most popular oil for salad dressings, but grapeseed oil, with its subtle flavor, can also be used.  

Choose your vinegar and/or citrus:

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Red or White Wine Vinegar
  • Sherry Vinegar
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Fresh Lemon Juice

Choose your flavor booster(s):

  • Dijon Mustard
  • Pesto
  • Minced Shallots
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Hot Sauce
  • Fresh Herbs (Parsley, Basil, Tarragon, etc)
  • Grated Ginger
  • Parmesan Cheese or Blue Cheese
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Brown Sugar

Put your desired acid/vinegar and flavor booster ingredients in a bowl and slowly whisk in the oil. Add a bit of water to thin your vinaigrette if it is too thick.

Alternatively, put all ingredients, including the oil, in a mason jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. Close lid and shake vigorously for 20 seconds

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette


-¼ cup water

-3 tbls lime juice

-1/2 cup olive oil

-1 tbls cilantro


Fresh Basil Vinaigrette


-1 tsp Dijon mustard

-1 shallot, chopped

-½ tsp salt

-1 tsp honey

-1 tsp lemon juice

-½ cup basil leaves, fresh, chopped

-2 tsp rice wine vinegar

-½ cup olive oil

Tip: To make this creamy, add ¼ cup of Mayo. This version makes a great dressing for pasta salad.


Greek Vinaigrette


-¼ cup red wine vinegar

-1/4 cup olive oil

-¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

-2 tbls ripe olives, chopped


Lemon Herb Vinaigrette


-3 tbls lemon juice

-1/2 cup olive oil

-1 tbls fresh herbs (parsley, basil, dill, tarragon, etc)


Balsamic Vinaigrette


-3 tbls balsamic vinegar

-1/2 cup olive oil

-1 tbls honey or brown sugar


Honey Mustard Vinaigrette


-1/2 tbls honey

-1 tbls Dijon mustard

-2 tbls white wine vinegar

-¼ cup canola or grapeseed oil


Teriyaki Vinaigrette


-¼ cup cider vinegar

-3 tbls water

-½ cup olive oil

-1 tbls sesame oil

-1 tbls soy sauce

-1 tbls brown sugar

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