One of the first things in my health journey I started to do was to look for chemicals or fake ingredients in all the food I was consuming.  One of the most disappointing findings was the garbage and sugar in my “healthy” salad dressings. I wasn’t even a big salad eater at the time but it was a moment of realization that there are ingredients hidden in everything and it propelled me to hit the kitchen and start from scratch. 

Here are my three go-to quick salad dressing recipes I use frequently.  They do not require a lot of time and taste amazing!

Basic Vinaigrette

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar (if you like a litte bite add another splash!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme optional
  • Squeeze of lemon or orange

Italian Vinaigrette

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white or red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper

Play with these.  You all know how I love for people to get creative and make them your own!


1 Tablespoon  of Dijon Mustard

Substitute dried for fresh Herbs

Add minced Garlic or Shallots

Use a flavored balsamic

Play with various nut oils: Flax, Walnut, Hazelnut, Avocado, Sesame