Homemade Salad Dressing

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This is the basic recipe for a homemade salad dressing. Feel free to play around with the amounts and the ingredients depending on your taste preferences – try to keep to the 2:1 ratio of oil to acid!



  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (you can use canola or vegetable oil as well)
  • ¼ cup of an acidic ingredient of your choice
    • White vinegar, balsamic vinegar, wine vinegar, lemon juice, or lime juice
      • If using white vinegar, add slightly less and since it’s stronger
  • 1-2 tbsp. of a sweet ingredient of your choice
    • Sugar, any jam, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.
      • If using sugar, add slightly less and taste it
  • 1 tbsp. of Dijon mustard (can also use egg yolk or mayonnaise)
    • If you do not like the taste add just a small amount
  • 1 tsp. of any herb
    • If using fresh herbs, add a bit more since they are less potent


  1. Add all above ingredients to a Mason jar and shake to mix. If using a bowl, mix thoroughly with a whisk so that all ingredients are properly blended together.

To avoid ruining your entire salad, taste the dressing that you prepare by dipping a single lettuce leaf or a slice of vegetable into the dressing and adjusting if need.