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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 homemade red wine vinegar salad dressing is a great first salad dressing recipe to try because the ingredients are readily available, cheap, AND you just dump everything into a bottle and shake!
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.
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.
So experiment with this recipe until you get it just right and enjoy your leafy greens. 🙂
- 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