Soy Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Soy Sauce

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 cup (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
72 Calories
7g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1/2 cup (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 329mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 5mg 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.)

A simple combination of soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and a few seasonings yields a flavorful soy vinaigrette salad dressing. The soy adds an umami flavor (also known as the "fifth taste") that makes this dressing extra special. It has a light consistency and is low in fat, making it perfect for a lunchtime salad or first-course salad of baby greens. You can also use this vinaigrette to marinate meat like beef, chicken, or pork for grilling.

Homemade salad dressing is typically healthier than using store-bought versions, and you can adjust the recipe to your taste. Swap the red wine vinegar for rice wine vinegar and add a dash of sesame oil for an Asian-style vinaigrette. Or replace half of the vinegar with lemon juice and the hot sauce with red pepper flakes for a more Italian-style dressing. As long as the proportions stay the same between the oil, vinegar, and other liquid (water or wine), you can customize the recipe to your tastes.

Make the dressing ahead of time and store it in the fridge (it will keep for up to a month refrigerated), or make a larger batch and use it throughout the week. Just make sure you shake it up really well before serving.


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dry red wine (or water)
  • 1 clove crushed garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram (or oregano)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce (or similar hot sauce)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Screw the lid on the jar tightly and shake thoroughly.

  3. For best results, allow flavors to meld for an hour or so before using. Shake vigorously before using and taste. Adjust seasonings as needed.

What Is Vinaigrette?

A vinaigrette is a basic oil-and-vinegar combination that's frequently used as a salad dressing. It's often made with 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. It can be seasoned with salt and pepper and other spices. Any oil can be used (olive, walnut, canola, sesame, etc.) and any vinegar (red wine, white wine, apple cider, balsamic, etc.). Sometimes vinegar and wine are used. 

Spices, fresh herbs, shallots, minced onion, garlic, mustard, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and other ingredients can be used to further flavor the vinaigrette. Fresh fruit juice can also be incorporated.

A vinaigrette is a temporary emulsion, since the oil and vinegar never completely combine. As soon as it sits for a while, the mixture will separate into an oil layer and a vinegar layer. Remember, always shake a vinaigrette vigorously before using. 

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