So listen, I haven’t bought a bottle of salad dressing in years.  Have you ever read the ingredient list on the back of a bottle of salad dressing?  It can get a little scary… Lots of words that you may or may not be able to pronounce.  So why not make it yourself?  You’ve probably already got the ingredients in your cabinet and it’s super duper easy!  Now today we’re talking vinaigrettes.


Vinaigrettes are made of four simple components that you can easily interchange.

1. Oil.  This can be olive, vegetable, infused, just about anything.

2. Vinegar.  Again, the options are endless.  Balsamic, red wine, white, apple cider, etc.

3. Sweetener.  Just a pinch goes a long way to cut the acid in the vinegar.  I prefer to use agave nectar, but you can use honey, brown sugar, white sugar, splenda etc.

4. Spice.  Salt and pepper will work just fine, but you can also add fresh herbs if you have them on hand.  Parsley, basil, oregano, ginger, and cilantro work great!

So now that you have your ingredients all you need is a bowl and a whisk or just a fork.  Salad dressing is all about proportions.  You want about 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 oil and a pinch of sweetener and spice.  Whisk the ingredients together and voila a super tasty vinaigrette made is seconds!

Have fun experimenting!