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small mason jar of vinaigrette dressing

Basic Vinaigrette Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 of a cup or 6 generous servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to make homemade salad dressing with this super simple vinaigrette recipe that only needs a few simple ingredients.


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 finely minced garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Add the oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic powder (or fresh), honey or maple syrup, salt, and pepper to a small bowl or a small mason jar. Whisk to combine or if you are using a jar, add a lid and shake to combine.
  • Test the taste on a little piece of greens, adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve right away on your favorite salad.
  • Vinaigrettes is especially good on salad greens (opposed to just plain lettuce).
  • See notes for variations.


  • Variations: To make Lemon Vinaigrette replace the balsamic vinegar in the recipe with 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. To make a Red Wine Vinaigrette, replace the balsamic vinegar in the recipe with 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
  • You can swap out the vinegar for just about any vinegar you like or have on hand. It's a great chance to try flavored vinegars like peach or strawberry vinegars too, they are great in salad dressing!
  • You can use other light oils such as avocado oil in this recipe if you prefer.
  • I like to warm my honey up just a bit before adding it to encourage it to incorporate into the dressing better.
  • You can store leftover dressing in the fridge for a few weeks, just bring it back to room temperature before serving. Shake or whisk before serving.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: side
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American

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