All-Purpose Vinaigrette Recipe

Everyone should have a recipe for an all-purpose vinaigrette in their back pocket. Whip this one up for a quick and delicious salad dressing. With ingredients like Dijon mustard and honey, it's a little bit sweet and a little bit zingy, pairing well with most vegetables and salads.

This dressing is a great recipe to use on virtually anything, though. You can use it as a dip for a chicken wrap, serve it on pasta salad, or even use it to marinade steak.

Recipe developer and registered dietitian nutritionist, Kristen Carli, MS, RD, brings us this highly versatile recipe. You can get creative with the ingredients you have on hand to add variety to the sauce. Feel free to substitute other types of vinegar, such as white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar, if you don't have red wine vinegar. You can even substitute lemon juice, should you need to. Let's dive in and make this vinaigrette.

Gather your ingredients for all-purpose vinaigrette

To make this all-purpose vinaigrette, you can start by gathering your ingredients. You'll need olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

The honey is used as an emulsifier

In this recipe, honey is added for a hint of sweetness. It is also used as an emulsifying agent, helping to combine the oil and vinegar, stabilizing the dressing. This results in a creamy texture.

Add the ingredients to a small Mason jar

This recipe could not be any simpler. While you could use a food processor to mix these ingredients, or even whisk the ingredients in a small bowl, Carli recommends using a Mason jar, instead. This way, you can assemble and store the dressing in the same container. We love a dish-saving hack! Start by adding all the ingredients into a Mason jar.

Seal the jar and shake

Cover the Mason jar with an airtight lid. Then, give the jar a good shake. This will help to thoroughly mix the ingredients. And just like that, you're ready to pour the vinaigrette over your favorite salad or store the dressing in the fridge for future use.

All-Purpose Vinaigrette Recipe
5 from 36 ratings
This all-purpose vinaigrette recipe couldn't be easier to make and works just as well on a salad as it does a steak marinade.
Prep Time
Cook Time
red wine vinaigrette with salad
Total time: 5 minutes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Pour the olive oil and red wine vinegar into a small Mason jar.
  2. Add the honey and dijon mustard, then the garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Close with an airtight lid. Shake until the mixture is emulsified.
Calories per Serving 555
Total Fat 54.3 g
Saturated Fat 7.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.8 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 17.3 g
Sodium 266.9 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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