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How to Make Vinaigrette in Seconds

Cheaper and healthier than store-bought salad dressing, vinaigrette is also a snap to make at home. Our Test Kitchen shows you how it's done.

When made well, vinaigrette is a perfectly balanced dressing that spruces up any salad or vegetable it touches. Because the recipe is so simple—oil and vinegar plus spices—you can start with a basic ratio and tweak it to suit your taste.

Seriously: Vinaigrette is a cinch to make. With our method, you don’t even need a whisk.


Follow This Ratio

The standard ratio of oil to vinegar is 3-to-1.

When might you vary the ratio?

How to Make Vinaigrette




Combine the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Seal and shake well. You’ll be able to see the mixture emulsify as the vinegar and oil mix.

Pour the dressing over a salad.

Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Before serving, shake the jar to re-emulsify the dressing.

Variations on Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette is extremely adaptable. Here are just a few ways to make it your own:

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Peggy Woodward
Peggy is a registered dietitian nutritionist who, ironically, likes to bake more than she likes to cook. She's a Mom, a foodie and enjoys being active in her rural Wisconsin community.