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I strongly prefer homemade salad dressing to store bought so whenever I have the time and ingredients handy I make my own. This is a great first homemade salad dressing recipe to try because the ingredients are readily available, cheap, AND you just dump everything into a bottle and shake!
Now I like my vinaigrette pretty zingy, so if you prefer a smoother taste, just reduce the amount of vinegar and increase the amount of oil. I have some of the ingredients in a range for the same reason – you may prefer more of a mustard taste to come through where others might like it to fade into the background.
I love this clear plastic squeeze bottle for my homemade dressing. It cost around $1.50 at my local grocery store (Food Lion) and it makes it really easy to shake the dressing every time with no spilling. Plus you have a lot of control over the amount of dressing that comes out. In fact these squeeze bottles are what many chefs use to add finishing sauces and dressings.
I did some quick math and it costs me around $0.75 to make one bottle of this dressing. Definitely cheaper than store-bought and oh-so-much tastier. So experiment with this recipe until you get it just right and enjoy your leafy greens. 🙂
Red Wine Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
1 cup vegetable oil (or olive oil)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 – 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 – 2 tablespoons agave nectar (or sugar)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Combine all ingredients in a bottle or mason jar and shake well to combine.