This Red Wine Vinaigrette is easy and fabulous. 5 pantry ingredients (including salt!) is all it takes for the easiest vinaigrette, ever.
Homemade red wine vinaigrette in a clear dish.

How do you make red wine vinaigrette?

My recipe is super simple, the kind of dressing you can whisk up in a minute or two. Anything longer and I might just order pizza. JUST KIDDING.

  • Olive oil. You can substitute part of the oil with something else like avocado oil, walnut oil, or hazelnut oil.
  • Red Wine Vinegar. You can use a different vinegar such as white wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or even cider vinegar. Just to be clear, you won’t have a Red Wine Vinaigrette anymore if you do that (but your dressing will still be delicious).
  • Dijon mustard. This will emulsify the dressing and infuse it with flavor. You can also use brown mustard.
  • Oregano. I like a teaspoon of dried oregano in my dressing. You could use Italian seasoning if that’s more your speed, or swap in some minced fresh herbs (basil, chives, and parsley all sound good).
  • Salt and pepper. To taste. I recommend tasting the dressing before you add any salt. Then, add ¼ teaspoon (or an 1/8th if you are shy about salt). Taste it again, and go from there. Once I figure out the salt, I generally add 50% of that amount of freshly ground black pepper (that’s a ratio I learned in culinary school and I like it).

This is the EASIEST salad dressing to make-bar none. 5 pantry staples and you have a delicious, healthy red wine vinaigrette recipe for salads and sandwiches.

To combine, you can:

  1. Whisk it in a bowl
  2. Shake it in a jar
  3. Blast it in a blender

Choose your own adventure.

This is the EASIEST salad dressing to make-bar none. 5 pantry staples and you have a delicious, healthy red wine vinaigrette recipe for salads and sandwiches.

What do you use red wine vinegar for?

This recipe is my daily go-to for salads and sandwiches (it reminds me of “Mike’s Way” at Jersey Mikes).

I also love it on:

Homemade red wine vinaigrette in a clear dish.

Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette Recipe

This is the EASIEST salad dressing to make-bar none. 5 pantry staples and you have a delicious, healthy red wine vinaigrette recipe for salads and sandwiches.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 6 servings
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 162


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper start with ¼ teaspoon (I use ½ teaspoon)


  • In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper). Store covered in the refrigerator and use within 4 days.

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Try adding this:
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallot
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced fresh herbs


Calories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 11mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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    1. Oh yeah, that’s THE BEST. So good. I have done that too, in fact a lot of recipes call for it. Good call. :) -Meggan

  1. I’m very picky about my Italian and dressing and this was good. Be sure you have very fresh olive oil as if it’s stale it will alter the taste. I add a few dashes of extra red wine vinegar and let set on the counter for about an hour before using. Take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes to an hour before using to let the olive oil come to room temperature. Yum.5 stars

    1. Hi Toni, thanks for the question! Yes, that is correct. Basically more than half of the recipe is olive oil, and there are 120 calories in one tablespoon of olive oil. If you want something lower calorie, I would increase the red wine vinegar to 1/2 cup (thus doing equal parts oil and vinegar). That would drop it to 123 calories per serving instead of 163 (and you’d have 8 servings total instead of 6). The other thing you could do is use less dressing overall. So maybe use just 1 tablespoon of this dressing and load up with extra vinegar so it’s not too dry. If you have any other questions or need anything else, just let me know! Thanks a lot! I hope you like the dressing. It’s my favorite. -Meggan

  2. I’ve made this twice. Once for sandwich wraps and once for salad. Delicious on both! The olive oil solidified in the fridge when I kept the leftovers stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Any way to prevent that? Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

    1. Hi Laurie, olive oil does that when it gets cold. There isn’t a way to prevent that, that I know of. I would just say, pull it out 15 or 20 minutes before you need it. Because the recipe has garlic in it, I wouldn’t recommend keeping it at room temperature all the time. You definitely want to keep it in the refrigerator. Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you like the recipe!

    2. Oil and vinegar are like Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn in most of their romantic comedies. They start out hating each other, but if something brings them together, a surfactant or an emulsifier, something that can break the repulsion, they cling to each other and the salad greens beautifully.

      An emulsifier/surfactant coats the oil molecules and makes it easier for them to mix with the watery stuff. Mustard is a common emulsifier for home made salad dressings. Mayonnaise is also an emulsifier, as are egg yolks, and honey. Commercial dressings often use xanthan gum, lecithin, or dairy extracts.

  3. Hi Blayne, just looking at the salt I have kosher salt listed (the coarse stuff). If by any chance you used table salt, it would have been twice as salty. Not saying that’s what happened, but I am going to change the recipe to just regular salt since that’s probably what most people have. And I’ll provide a range. Thanks again for letting me know!

  4. That’s so sad! I’m going to adjust the recipe to change the amount of salt (list a range), obviously I make it the way I listed it but we all have different tastes. I appreciate the feedback.

  5. I just made this and it’s delicious! So fresh tasting and simple. I love how quick this was to put together. Next time I’ll add fresh shallot. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Yes Caitlin, a fresh shallot is great! I always add that if I have one. Great addition. Glad you like the dressing, it’s one of my faves. So easy! Thanks so much for reading, take care. :)