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Best Homemade Olive Oil and Vinegar Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe

Watching her mom as a kid, Vicki came by cooking easily. Kids Cook Monday offers simple recipes kids can help with.

Make your own vinaigrette dressing!

I have loved a good vinaigrette dressing for a long, long time, even before I knew what the word "vinaigrette" meant. When a friend shared a recipe with me, I was in love. But still, I tweaked it (something I can't seem to help myself from doing!), and made it my own. Whether my vinaigrette dressing is a balsamic vinaigrette or some other type of oil and vinegar dressing, this dressing, mixed with a salad or pasta, tantalizes my taste buds. Just as I did, you can also tweak this recipe depending on your tastes.

Now, just what is a vinaigrette dressing? Basically, it's a salad dressing that has vinegar and oil in it. You can add other ingredients to it to make many varieties of this type of vinaigrette dressing. So if you want less oil and more vinegar, go for it. If you want olive oil or canola oil, that's fine. Or maybe a red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar instead of the heavy (at least to me) balsamic vinegar, that's fine, too. More garlic? Less garlic? More or less lemon or Parmesan? Great--whatever suits you!

I have adapted my own vinaigrette version from a delightful recipe that a friend shared with me many years ago. She called her recipe, "World's Best Dressing." And her recipe was quite awesome indeed. But could I make it better? Well, I wouldn't tell her, but I think that my adaption is better than the "world's best dressing."

I have used a very good balsamic vinaigrette from Aldi, as pictured to the left. But, also, I have used my lovely vinaigrette holder--pictured--to hold my homemade vinaigrette dressing.

I have used a very good balsamic vinaigrette from Aldi, as pictured to the left. But, also, I have used my lovely vinaigrette holder--pictured--to hold my homemade vinaigrette dressing.

Vicki's Vivacious Vinaigrette: Ingredients and Instructions

1 cup olive oil

½ cup salad vinegar (I haven't been able to find this lately, so I substitute red wine vinegar.)

2 T. lemon juice (or more to taste)

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (less if preferred)

1 dash salt

1 clove garlic, minced

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients by shaking vigorously. Put dressing in a pretty little container. Shake well before each use onto your gorgeous tasty salads.

Now, an important instruction is not to forget the pretty little container. Seriously, an attractive vinaigrette server makes this delectable homemade salad dressing even tastier and fancier--not that this recipe needs anything to make it taste better. But, still . . . .

You will impress your own family and guests with this recipe. My sister-in-law was quite overtaken with this dressing when I shared it, and she just had to have the recipe. I actually ended up giving the recipe to her as a gift, along with a pretty dressing decanter and the ingredients to make it! It made a nice little birthday gift basket.

Not only is this scrumptious dressing great on salad, but it also tastes delightful on pasta. Whatever you use it for, I think you'll love it!

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Recipe Ideas

Use this vinaigrette with my light, refreshing summer salad.

Also, try adding some to a cold pasta salad in the summer. This salad dressing is so refreshing and light! A great idea for an appetizer is to pour vinaigrette in a small bowl and serve it with garlic bread sticks for dipping.

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Using the mixture as a dip for a sandwich club is a delightful and tasty option, as well. Or just drizzle a as much as you want onto the sandwich. Hey, sandwich restaurants use some kind of oil and vinegar dressing (or Italian, perhaps) on their sandwiches, so it makes perfect sense. Trust me. This stuff is great on a sandwich. I add it to sandwiches at home, stacked with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and whatever ingredients you want. Adding a little homemade vinaigrette dressing just tops off the whole thing perfectly!

Whatever you use this vinaigrette for, it is likely to spice up whatever food item you bring to it!

Chef shows method for emulsifying (or blending) oil and vinegar

Another Oil and Vinegar Option

© 2011 Victoria Lynn


BWDuerr from Henrietta, New York on September 09, 2018:

Yum. Trying next time I make homemade salad dressing. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 13, 2018:

Love this dressing recipe and all the ways you use it. I bet it's amazing on a good sandwich. I'd use it mostly on salad but love your other ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 03, 2012:

randomcreative--Thanks for including my recipe on your blog. How very cool! I'll check out your blog! :-)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 03, 2012:

I included your awesome recipe in a recipe round up on my blog today. :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 06, 2011:

Oh, good, amitava chakraty! Always a good thing to be reminded of our least in my case. Glad this recipe does that for you!

amitava chakraty from India on November 06, 2011:

HI your recipe is really useful one for those like me living in a humid country like INDIA.It gives me a reminiscence taste of a sort of pickle my grandma used to prepare for us.Thanks for your charm added to your friend's prescription.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 05, 2011:

Thanks, Movie Master. The salad and vinaigrette go very well together. Hope you like it!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on November 05, 2011:

Hi Victoria, I love my salads and I love a good dressing!

Thank you for sharing the recipe and now I am off to check our your refreshing summer salad!

best wishes Mm

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 05, 2011:

randomcreative--hope you like it!

WillStarr--I bet your lovely salad lady will love it! Thanks!

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on November 05, 2011:

Copied and handed over to my lovely salad lady! Thank you.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 04, 2011:

This sounds delicious and so easy! Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 04, 2011:

lady rain--I love it! Hope you do, too!

drbj--I love all the v's. Alliteration is fun! Thanks!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 04, 2011:

Vicki - A very vivacious vinaigrette recipe? Just what I always wanted to try. Thank you.

lady rain from Australia on November 03, 2011:

A nice recipe for vinaigrette dressing and so easy to make. I can't wait to have it with my salad. Thanks.

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