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Make-It-Your-Way Salad Dressing


Make-It-Your-Way Salad Dressing

Start with a simple vinaigrette base (oil, vinegar or lemon juice, and mustard), and then add whatever seasonings you like to match the flavors of your meal! Our Kids Advisory Board member Tate loves this dressing, especially the Greek and Asian variations, and says it’s easy to make.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Measuring cup
  • Jar with tight-fitting lid
  • or small bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Fork or whisk
  • Jar or lidded container


  • 2⁄3 cup olive oil
  • 1⁄3 cup vinegar (any kind is fine) or fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (any kind you like)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Put all the ingredients in the jar, screw the lid on tightly and shake, shake, shake. Or, put all the ingredients in the bowl and whisk, whisk, whisk. Stop when the dressing looks creamy, which means it’s emulsified.
  • Taste the dressing on a small piece of lettuce. Does it need more of anything? If so, add it and taste again.
  • Pour into the container, cover, and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.


To add a little global flavor to your dressing, add some seasoning.
Make it:
French: add 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
Greek: use fresh lemon juice (not vinegar) and add 1 teaspoon dried oregano
Italian: add 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Indian: add 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
Latin American: use fresh lime juice instead of lemon juice (not vinegar) and add 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Asian: use rice vinegar, substitute soy sauce for the salt, and add 1/2 teaspoon each sesame oil, minced garlic (or garlic powder), and freshly grated ginger
Middle Eastern: add 1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, ground coriander, and minced garlic (or garlic powder)
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