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Salad dressing doesn't have to come from a bottle at the store. It can be quickly made at home with simple ingredients you probably already have. The secret ingredient in this vinaigrette always makes an excellent salad.

Basic {Secret Ingredient} Vinaigrette

Course Salad
Keyword salad dressing
Prep Time 4 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 tsp vinegar red wine, balsamic, etc.
  • 1 tsp salt kosher
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard optional
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil


  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except olive oil. Start whisking and slowly pour in the olive oil. Continue whisking vigorously until all the ingredients have come together to form a vinaigrette.
  2. Alternatively, you can add all the ingredients to a glass jar with a lid. Close the lid tightly and shake vigorously for a couple of minutes.
  3. Put any remaining dressing in the fridge for as long as 5 days.