A Surprising Vinaigrette – Easy Homemade Salad Dressing

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If you’ve never made easy homemade salad dressing, you’ll be surprised at how quick it is.
One thing I’ve noticed in years and years of cooking all day is that sometimes the best things are the simplest. You don’t need a dozen ingredients to make the best-tasting dishes. You don’t need fancy, hard-to-find ingredients to make something amazing.
easy homemade salad dressing
I eat a lot of salads at home. I almost always make my own dressing. Bottled dressing can be convenient, but it’s also filled with sugar and preservatives. I’ve also bought plenty of bottled dressings that sound good but don’t taste great. And since they’re not exactly inexpensive, I will eat salads that are just not what I want. Or it will sit in the back of the fridge until I eventually just throw it out. Not a fan.
easy homemade salad dressing
So I make my own. Homemade salad dressing is super easy, and you can control the ingredients. It also requires nothing more than a jar.  For real.
easy homemade salad dressing
This dressing is surprising because it doesn’t use fancy vinegar, expensive oil, or anything you probably don’t already have in your pantry. But it tastes amazing. Add the ingredients to a jar, shake, and taste. Then — unlike bottled dressings — you can adjust the seasoning if you don’t like it. Too sweet? Add a dab more mustard or a splash more vinegar. Want more punch? Add another clove of garlic.
This is best on a simple salad of greens. It doesn’t need a lot of complicated things. Put your best mixed greens in a large bowl, add a pinch of coarse salt, maybe some croutons, and drizzle with this dressing. You’ll have an easy, nutritious side dish that everyone will love.
You can make this up right before you’re going to use it because it’s that easy.
easy homemade salad dressing

A Surprising Vinaigrette

This easy homemade salad dressing is perfect if you’re new to making your own dressings. Simple and flavorful, it’s perfection on a bed of greens.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 189 kcal



  • 6 tablespoons neutral oil such as grapeseed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Put all of the ingredients in mason jar with a lid and shake vigorously.
  • Drizzle over your salad greens and serve.


Storing leftovers: You can store in a jar in the fridge for a day or two, but this is best made as you use it.
Pairs well with: A Simple Green Salad, Slivered Garlic Croutons, Simple Raw Zucchini Salad


Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 6mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.
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