Skip to main content

How to Make a Basic Vinaigrette

More than a salad dressing, vinaigrette is a classic sauce that can be flavored in many ways and enjoyed with vegetables, meats, or fish.


  • Step 1: Season the vinegar Pour the vinegar or lemon juice into the bowl. Add the salt and pepper, and whisk to combine.
  • TIP: For variety, experiment with different types of vinegar, such as red wine, cider, or balsamic vinegars.
  • Step 2: Add the oil Slowly drizzle the oil into the vinegar mixture, whisking briskly. This will create a smooth mixture, called an emulsion, that won't separate.
  • TIP: You can drizzle the oil into the vinegar using a blender at low speed.
  • Step 3: Serve Serve on salads, raw or grilled vegetables, fish, or cold meats.
  • FACT: The word salad comes from the Latin word for salt, since the ancient Romans ate raw vegetables dressed with oil, vinegar, and salt.

You Will Need

  • 1/4 c. vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • A dash of pepper
  • 3/4 c. olive oil
  • A medium-sized shallow bowl
  • A whisk
  • A blender

Popular Categories