Make It Yourself: Go-To Vinaigrette


Creating your own salad dressing can help make you a stronger cook. Master this vinaigrette, and you’ll have the confidence to improvise other dishes.

Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
¾ cup


  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon or whole grain mustard

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ¼ cup red or white wine vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • cup olive oil


  1. Whisk together shallot, Dijon, honey, lemon juice, and vinegar in a medium bowl or shake up in a pint-sized jar; season with salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in olive oil until evenly combined; taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt or pepper or lemon juice to your liking. (If using a jar, add oil, tightly seal lid, and shake until emulsified). Store vinaigrette in an airtight container or glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
24g Fat
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 222mg 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 0g

*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.

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