Homemade Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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homemade vinaigrette dressing recipe

My two favorite types of vinaigrette salad dressing are red wine vinaigrette and balsamic vinaigrette. I use the same recipe for both and only change the vinegar. It’s so easy! Once you’ve made your own vinaigrette dressing, you won’t go back to the store-bought kind. Homemade vinaigrette has much more flavor and fewer preservatives and salt, too. The key to accessing these results, though, is to buy the very best ingredients that you can afford. Try different varieties until you find one that you love.

Homemade Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
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This is a recipe for homemade vinaigrette salad dressing
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  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil – as I said above, buy the very best you can afford. It should be very dark green, and it should be labeled as the “first pressing,” if you can find it. The first pressing of the olives has more flavor and nutrients than subsequent pressings, which are used to make other forms of olive oil.
  • ¾ cup balsamic or red wine vinegar – I just can’t stress this enough. Higher quality vinegar will make a huge difference in your finished product.
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  1. Mix everything together and pour. I like to use a little cruet with a plunger in the center. That way, each person can give it a quick stir before pouring the dressing.


If you don’t use all of the dressing, you will need to refrigerate it. When it sits and cools, the olive oil will form a hard layer on top. This is normal. The next time you want to serve it, heat it slightly (I use the microwave), stir, and it will be as good as new.


Don’t use this dressing only for salads! You can also use it as a maranade for vegetables or meats. My favorite thing to do is cut up a whole head of cauliflower, pour the whole recipe (made with red wine vinegar) over top, and refrigerate for two or three days. Every 12 hours or so, I shake it up and turn it over. By the end of the third day, the cauliflower is wonderfully pink and tart. We serve it as an appetizer.


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Tara is a wife and mother of two small girls who left a 10-year career as a high school science teacher to be an at-home mom, professional blogger and social media consultant. She has been publishing Feels Like Home (http://FeelsLikeHomeBlog.com) since 2007, where she encourages her readers through a variety of posts: food and cooking tips, craft ideas, home management hints, and a myriad of parenting (mis)adventures that help make her readers’ lives easier – or at least make them laugh. Currently serving as an Ambassador for Similac Strong Moms and Arm & Hammer's Switch to Save program, a Blogger Advocate for Mizkan, and a member of MomAgenda's Council of Media Moms, Tara is the featured Life at Home blogger at Sonsi Living (http://SonsiLiving.com). Tara also operates an Etsy shop called Violet Elephant (http://VioletElephant.Etsy.com), a local blog called Harrisburg Area Moms (http://HarrisburgAreaMoms.com), and encourages other bloggers through speaking engagements at conferences including Type-A Parent and Bloggy Boot Camp.


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