Classic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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Classic vinaigrette salad dressing

Let’s face it, a salad dressing can make or break a salad. I spent ages trying to create a great versatile salad dressing to help our family eat more greens, and after many failed attempts I stumbled on this concoction. You can use this on nearly any type of salad or even as a marinade for grilled vegetables. I make a large batch for the week to make after-work salads a less daunting task. After you make this you will never buy another salad dressing again!

Classic vinaigrette salad dressing in small jar


I will let you in on a little secret: I use an Aerolatte (milk frother) to make salad dressing and it is the BEST tool.  It works like a charm to emulsify the salad dressing and fits in my cutlery drawer – I love it!


  •  2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Juice of 1 lemon (fresh only)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. sugar or honey
  • 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 c. canola or olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a small but tall bowl (or large cup), whisk the garlic, lemon, dijon, sugar or honey, and red wine vinegar together.
  2. Slowly add the oil while whisking until it is all mixed in.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
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16 Comments on “Classic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing”

  1. Ashley

    What a great idea to use a milk frother!! I never thought of that but am definitely going to start using it. Such a great way to get it all mixed up well. Thank you!

  2. Shelby

    Thank you for sharing this recipie. I made this Salad Dressing tonight and we all loved it…even the kids ?

  3. Shelley

    Thank You for allowing us to share in your wonderful website full of nutrition & inspiration…
    Any ideas for lunch recipes aside from salads?
    After awhile I find I get stuck in a rut so looking for some new options.
    Thank You!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Shelley, there are so many ideas! You could pack some hummus, veggies and pita, home made healthier ramen noodle soup (a recipe I want to make), lettuce wraps with your favourite sandwich filling… Leftovers are also a great option. I try to make extras of some things like chilli and lasagne and freeze them in individual containers for a quick thing to grab for lunches!

  4. Barb Murray

    Just made this dressing tonight after Jillian Harris posted on her website. It was absolutely delicious! Have struggled in the past with dressing separation and I don’t have a milk frother so blitzed it in my Nutri Bullet – creamy and delicious!! Thank you!!! Really enjoy your website – lots of great and easy ideas!!!

  5. Jenn

    Made this dressing tonight for a family of picky eaters and it was a huge hit. So delicious, fresh and light. Will be making this all spring / summer!! New fav!!

  6. Louisa Wiebe

    Do you have an alternative for wine vinegars? I can’t have sulphites and am looking for a good substitute!

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