The Cottage Cafe (Homemade Vinaigrette)

Basic Vinaigrette Ratio & Ingredients

The traditional French vinaigrette formula calls for 1 tablespoon vinegar for every 3 tablespoons olive oil. Modern vinaigrettes often call for a bit more vinegar than that, but it’s always up to you. Kale salads can tolerate more zingy dressings, while you’ll want to use less vinegar for mild greens like spring greens.

Here’s what you’ll need to make vinaigrette:

  • Olive oil for your base
  • Vinegar of choice
  • Dijon mustard for some flavor complexity and creaminess
  • Maple syrup or honey for a little sweetness that balances the vinegar
  • Garlic for oomph
  • Salt and pepper