Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing

Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings (2 oz. each)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
369 Calories
41g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings (2 oz. each)
Amount per serving
Calories 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 1mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is a template. All recipes are templates. But especially this one because when you get right down to it, oil and vinegar dressing is simply a particular ratio of oil to vinegar. Which means you can take any oils or vinegars you have available, plug them into the template, and have it come out right.

The same goes for the seasonings—salt and pepper are essential—but beyond that you can add a pinch of garlic powder, some dried parsley, whatever you have on hand. Just don't overdo it.

So, the ratio is three to one: three parts oil to one part vinegar. This formula will work 100 percent of the time, but that doesn't mean it will be perfect 100 percent of the time. It's a rough guideline. You'll have to tweak it to make it perfect. Not every vinegar is the same strength, for one thing. And of course, people's tastes vary.

Making the dressing is a matter of combining the oil and vinegar, along with the seasonings and flavorings, and physically mixing them up to form a temporary emulsion. An incredibly efficient way to do this is to combine the ingredients in a glass jar, screw the lid on tightly and shake. (Save your pickle jars!)


  • 3/4 cup salad oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and ground white pepper (or freshly ground black pepper), to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Oil and Vinegar Dressing
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  2. Place all the ingredients in a glass jar, tighten the lid and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds or until fully combined.

    Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing
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  3. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature to let the flavors meld. Give the dressing a good whisk immediately before serving.

    Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe
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  4. Serve with your favorite salad.

    Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe
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  5. Enjoy!


  • When experimenting with flavor combinations, be sure to taste and adjust as you go. A good way to taste is by dipping a piece of lettuce, rather than tasting the dressing on its own.
  • A teaspoon of honey or mustard will not only add flavor; it will also help stabilize the emulsion, so the dressing won't separate as quickly.
  • A squeeze of citrus, like lemon, lime, orange, or blood orange could be a nice addition.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper are the best. Those little boxes of ground pepper are 90 percent stale before you even get them home.
  • This recipe calls for salad oil, which means anything from safflower oil to canola oil to soybean oil. You could, of course, use something with a bit more of a distinctive flavor, such as walnut oil or avocado oil or olive oil. Grapeseed oil is lovely if you can afford it.
  • While this recipe calls for white wine vinegar, other kinds of vinegar can add flavor. White wine vinegar is perfectly adequate, and red wine vinegar is even nicer. Balsamic is terrific and will take you in a whole different direction. The only thing you should stay entirely away from is plain distilled white vinegar, which is good for household cleaning but not so much for salad dressings.