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Recipe: Homemade Traditional Vinaigrette

Updated: Jan 24

Making your own salad dressings, dip and spreads is one of my favorite things to educate on. This Traditional Vinaigrette is a crowd pleaser. You can whip it up in under 10 minutes and top it on your favorite seasonal salad. Bright. Bold. Savory. Delicious.

Benefits of Making Your Own Dressings

  • More Affordable - Premade salad dressings are typically more expensive per ounce than making homemade, small batch salad dressings.

  • Freshness - When food is fresher, it will taste better (duh).

  • Nutrient Density - Herbs and spices have mega nutrient benefits and extra virgin olive oil is packed full of heart healthy fats. Think of your spice rack as a mini pharmacy! Check out my blog post on the benefits of herbs & spices.

  • Control over Ingredients - No sneaky sugars, preservatives, excess sodium or artificial colors.

  • Customization - You can combine flavors (different spices, herbs, vinegars, etc.) that YOU love - creativity at its finest.

  • Supports the Environment - Making your own salad dressing will minimize packaging waste since you can store it in reusable containers. I love making my salad dressings in mason jars where you can give it a quick shake before serving.

Traditional Vinaigrette

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Benefits

  • Rich in monounsaturated healthy fats to support heart health and brain function

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • High in Vitamin E - a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from oxidative damage

  • Packed with phytonutrients

  • Can help balance blood sugar

  • Anti-microbial & supports a healthy microbiome

  • Supports glowing skin

  • Savory & delicious

  • Aim for cold pressed and local


Traditional Vinaigrette Recipe (serves 12)

Inspired from Affordable Nutrition by Jessica Bauman

Traditional Vinaigrette Prep


2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil​

1/3 cup red wine vinegar​

1/8 cup water​

2 cloves garlic, minced​

1 tbsp mustard​

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped ​

Juice of ½ a lemon​

Salt and pepper to taste​

Optional: chopped parsley, crushed raspberries, ​dried oregano


Whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar & water together​

Add in garlic, mustard, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper​

Whisk together. Enjoy! ​

Health Benefits

Basil: Anti inflammatory herb that is high in Vitamins A, K & C. Supports digestive health and rich in iron to support energy levels.

Lemon: An excellent source of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and the phytochemical lemonine to support the immune system. Supports digestion, hydration and detoxification.

Garlic: This is an immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial member of the Allium family. Garlic is an excellent source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium and manganese. The liver loves garlic!


Bauman, Jessica. (2019). Affordable Nutrition. Penngrove, CA: Bauman College

Murray MT, Pizzorno JE, Pizzorno L (2006). The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York, NY: Atria Books.

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