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How to Make Any Vinaigrette

Memorize this easy salad dressing formula, and you’ll be able to whip up a restaurant-worth vinaigrette anytime, anywhere. (So long as you’ve got a couple ingredient staples on hand!) With just three main ingredients and endless ways to customize it, here’s how to prepare a no-fail salad dressing: 

The Ingredients

  • 3 parts olive oil
  • 1 part acid such as lemon or lime juice, or vinegar of your choice
  • .5 part something sweet, like honey, agave, or maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional aromatics like minced garlic, diced shallots, or citrus zest
  • Optional fresh herbs like minced rosemary, thyme, oregano, or cilantro

The Preparation

Whisk together olive oil, acid, something sweet, and salt and pepper. Then, add in optional aromatics (minced garlic, diced shallots, citrus zest) and minced fresh herbs for an extra boost of flavor.

Try your customizable salad dressing on:

Citrus Chicken Salad

Spring Pea, Radish, and Mint Salad

Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese, and Pomegranate