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Basic Vinaigrette

When you want a quick and simple dressing for tonight’s salad, this is it. With only four ingredients, plus seasoning – it’s super simple.

Basic Vinaigrette

Looking for a good basic vinaigrette? We tell you everything you need to know about how to make the best homemade salad dressing in this post.

When you want a quick and simple vinaigrette, this is it. Lemon and olive oil are brought together with a touch of honey as a sweet emulsifier. Shallot for some bitterness, and salt and pepper to taste. After a while, you can just eyeball the proportions, but until it feels like second nature, don’t be shy about measuring out your ratios: 3 parts oil to one part lemon.

Out of lemon or want to try something different? Experiment with various kinds of vinegar – balsamic, red wine, rice wine, and apple cider vinegars all make lovely vinaigrettes as well.

Add in some dijon mustard for a great dressing for this Nicoise salad. With a few additions, it magically becomes the dressing for this Greek Salad too!

Basic Vinaigrette


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Juice the lemon. Mince shallot.
  2. Whisk together the lemon juice, honey, and minced shallot in a small bowl. Slowly add the oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly until emulsified.
  3. Season with the salt and pepper.

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