How to Make Vinaigrette 3 Ways: A Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these simple steps for making a vinaigrette three different ways, then watch our how-to video.

You'll see — making a vinaigrette is not hard. It's just three ingredients combined three different ways with great results.

Method 1: Start With a Bowl
Pour one part vinegar into a bowl. Add salt and pepper.

Method 1: Whisk It
Then add three parts oil, slowly, while whisking. When the mixture comes together, your vinaigrette is done.

Method 2: Start with a Jar
Add one part vinegar, three parts oil, and salt and pepper to a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Method 2: Shake It
Give it a good shake. When the mixture comes together, your vinaigrette is done. This method is great for making extra to keep on hand in the fridge for a couple of weeks. It will separate; shake before using.

Method 3: Emulsify with Mustard
Put one part vinegar, some mustard, and salt and pepper into a bowl.

Method 3: Emulsify It
Slowly whisk in the three parts oil. If added too fast, it will break. (The mustard helps the liquids form an emulsion.) Taste and season your vinaigrette as needed.

Mix It Up!                                                                                                                                            Try different acids in your vinaigrette, like citrus. Or use cider, white wine, rice wine or sherry vinegars. You can also experiment with different oils, herbs and spices.

Vinaigrettes Are Versatile
Just remember, it's easy and the possibilities are endless. Use it as a marinade on grilled meats and seafood and, of course, in salads! Watch our how-to video for more.