3 Simple Vinaigrette Recipes

April 30th, 2014 Posted by Farm to Table 8 thoughts on “3 Simple Vinaigrette Recipes”

3 Simple Vinaigrette Recipes

Whipping up a homemade vinaigrette may sound intimidating, but it can really be quite simple once you get the hang of it. I’ll often whisk up just enough vinaigrette in the bottom of my salad bowl, put the lettuce on top and then swish it all around so I don’t have to dirty extra dishes. Or sometimes I’ll make lots of vinaigrette in a Mason jar and store the extra in my fridge so I don’t have to make it again during the week. Either way, it only takes a couple of minutes.

The basic rule for making vinaigrette is 1 part vinegar to 3-4 parts olive oil. Add a little salt and pepper and you’ve got yourself a respectful little dressing. You can of course spice things up by adding mustard, lemon juice, garlic, shallots, fresh herbs, honey or other seasonings, but that’s only if you have the time.

I’m sharing with you my three simplest vinaigrettes, none of which require chopping or muddling. You likely have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen already, so get out your salad bowl and fork (or Mason jar and whisk if you’re fancy) and get started.

Spring green salad with sherry vinaigrette

Light & Tangy: (pairs well with baby greens, romaine and mache)

  • 1 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of sea saltand freshly ground black pepper

Full of Flavor: (pairs well with lentils, winter greens and radicchio)

  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bold: (pairs well with spinach, arugula and frisee)

  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Pour vinegar into a small bowl and add a pinch of salt. Whisk the salt and vinegar together and taste for balance. Add pepper, Dijon, spices and more salt, if needed. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Serves 4.

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Drew Parisi

Drew Parisi

Drew Parisi, NC is a certified nutritionist, foodie, and amateur gardener, helping entrepreneurs and other busy people develop nourishing food habits to fuel their dreams. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, son, and 1,000 paper cranes.

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8 thoughts on “3 Simple Vinaigrette Recipes”

  1. Sounds delish! I’ll pin this one for safe keeping :O)

    1. drew drew says:

      Good idea Lisa!

  2. Avatar Cheryl says:

    I’d love it if you would share your recipes on this week’s The Yuck Stops Here link party, a linkup of delicious recipes that starts tomorrow (Tuesday, May 6th) and ends Sunday evening at 8pm ET! You can find us at http://mommasangelbaby.com/the-yuck-stops-here-5/. Hope to see you there! HUGS

    1. drew drew says:

      I’d be happy to – thanks for the tip!

      1. Avatar Cheryl says:

        Thanks so much for sharing with us on The Yuck Stops Here this week, I have chosen you as one of my favorites so you will be featured next week. Please stop by anytime after Tuesday at 8pm ET to pick up your “I’ve Been Featured” button and link up with us again. You’ll find next weeks party here: http://mommasangelbaby.com/?p=2419. Can’t wait to see more of your yummy stuff! HUGS

        1. drew drew says:

          Wow – thank you for featuring me! I look forward to trying some of the yummy recipes people posted.

  3. Avatar Miz Helen says:

    What great recipes that I will be pinning! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

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