The basic vinaigrette is prepared using only vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. For the variations suggested, prepare first the basic vinaigrette, mixing the other ingredients later.


2 T vinegar (white wine vinegar, or your choice)
4 T olive oil
1 T salt
1 T sugar


  1. Pour the vinegar into a small bowl.
  2. Add salt, sugar, and pepper. Mix, the sugar and salt will start dissolving.
  3. Add the oil and whisk until the mixture is emulsified.
Total time
5 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


Flavor improves if chilled for a couple of hours.

The flavor changes drastically if you use a specialty vinegar. Try to prepare a basic vinaigrette using red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, cider vinegar, rice vinegar or herb flavored vinegar.

The vinaigrette will keep in the fridge for up to a week so it is easy to prepare some extra to use two or three days later.


For a milder taste, substitute half the vinegar with water.

Mix in 1 teaspoon of prepared mustard or a pinch of mustard powder.

A dash of hot sauce, like Tabasco.

2 tsp chopped fresh aromatic herbs, like parsley, chives, tarragon, basil, chervil.

1 tsp dried herbs, like basil or marjoram.

1/2 tsp crushed garlic.

1/2 hard boiled egg, yolk crushed and mixed into the dressing, egg white chopped.

Double the recipe for basic vinaigrette and add 2 tbs chopped onion, 1 tbs chopped fresh parsley, 2 tbs finely diced green pepper.

For a white vinaigrette mix 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons vinegar and 2 tablespoons milk with a little salt, sugar and prepared mustard.

very easy
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