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Basic Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

Make this homemade vinaigrette dressing recipe any time that you need some for a salad! You can eat it as-is or add in extras for new flavor combos. Double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe to meet your needs!
Prep Time 5 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Additional seasonings


  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes if you're adding in extra seasonings.
  • Mix again, then add to salad.
  • Store any unused dressing in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.


Store leftover homemade vinaigrette in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
Keyword easy, homemade, make-ahead