This easy, homemade everyday salad dressing is made with a classic combination of only 4 ingredients. It's so simple and tasty that it will be your new go-to dressing for every salad you make!
About The Dressing
This dressing is made with a classic mix of ingredients: olive oil, vinegar, honey, and dijon. It's a formula for a perfect, simple dressing.
The best part about this dressing is that it's versatile: you can add it to any salad and it will taste amazing! Here's a few examples:
- Leafy green salads
- Grain-based salads (like quinoa)
- Pasta salads
- Vegetable salads
Why It Works So Well
The reason why this dressing works so well is because the ingredients are the base of many popular salad dressings. It combines oil, vinegar, sweetness (honey) and an 'emulsifier' or creamy component (dijon).
The flavor is an ideal, light balance of sweetness, tanginess, and creaminess. This recipe is most similar to a classic Italian dressing (but without any herbs).
Here's what you'll need to make this recipe:
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
See the recipe card at the bottom of the page for quantities.
Step 1: Mix the Dressing
Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk or stir until emulsified (fully combined and thickened).
Step 2: Add to Salad
Add to your favorite salads! This dressing is very versatile and tasty with: green, leafy salads, grain-based salads (like quinoa), or even pasta salads.
Step 3: Store in the Fridge
Store the dressing in an airtight container (like a jar) in the fridge. Properly stored, this dressing will stay good for 2 - 3 weeks.
Oil: a high-quality, extra virgin olive oil is recommended. You could swap this out for a different type of oil but it may change the taste of the dressing.
Vinegar: instead of red wine vinegar, you could use any vinegar alternative: apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, white vinegar, etc. Lemon juice can also be substituted.
Honey: you could also use maple syrup.
Dijon: adds creaminess and a very subtle mustard flavor. You could add more or less depending on personal preference.
Herbs: these are a popular addition to this recipe! Add 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning or oregano to turn this into an Italian dressing.
What To Use This Dressing With
This dressing will go with just about any salad! It's most popular with leafy, green salads but is also tasty with grain-based salads or pasta salads. You could also drizzle it over a vegetable salad (cooked or raw).
How to Store Everyday Salad Dressing
Store leftover dressing in a glass airtight container in the fridge (like a jar).
This dressing will stay good for up to 2 - 3 weeks, or possibly slightly longer, if stored correctly.
My favorite brands of jars for storing salads are:
- Be sure to whisk, stir or shake your dressing until it is fully 'emulsified' or thickened. You'll notice that it will also look slightly creamier in appearance. I love using an electric whisk for this (so easy and can be used for many other things as well)!
- Feel free to experiment with adding more or less of the ingredients in this recipe to adjust it to personal taste. You could add more honey for sweetness, more vinegar for tanginess, or more dijon.
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