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How to make homemade salad dressing

First, let's start with a basic salad dressing recipe:


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (such as balsamic, red wine, or apple cider)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar for sweetness


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, and optional sweetener until combined.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly, until the dressing emulsifies and thickens.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Now, let's explore some variations and tips for making homemade salad dressing.

  1. Experiment with different oils: You can use any type of oil in your salad dressing, such as avocado oil, walnut oil, or sesame oil. Each oil has its own unique flavor and health benefits.

  2. Mix and match vinegars: Vinegar adds acidity and tanginess to the dressing. Try different types of vinegar, such as champagne vinegar, sherry vinegar, or rice vinegar, to create a different flavor profile.

  3. Add fresh herbs: Fresh herbs add a burst of flavor and color to your dressing. You can add any herbs you like, such as basil, cilantro, or parsley.

  4. Use a blender or food processor: If you want a creamy or smooth dressing, blend the ingredients together in a blender or food processor.

  5. Store in a jar: You can store your homemade salad dressing in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

With these tips and recipes, you can create a delicious and healthy salad dressing that suits your taste preferences. Enjoy!

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