This Red Wine Vinaigrette is easy and fabulous. 5 pantry ingredients (including salt!) is all it takes for the easiest vinaigrette, ever.
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).
To combine, you can:
- Whisk it in a bowl
- Shake it in a jar
- Blast it in a blender
Choose your own adventure.
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:
- Chickpea Salad
- Greek Pasta Salad
- Mediterranean Chopped Salad
- Antipasto Salad
- Mediterranean Lentil Salad
- Buddha Bowl
Red Wine Vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (see note 1)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (see note 2)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper (see note 3)
- 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).
- Dijon mustard: Sometimes I use up to 1 tablespoon Dijon in this recipe because I love the flavor. Spicy brown mustard works too.
- Oregano: Or substitute Italian seasoning or your favorite minced fresh herbs (such as basil, chives, and parsley).
- Salt and pepper: I recommend tasting the dressing before you add any salt. Then, add ¼ teaspoon salt and taste it again. 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).
- Yield: This recipe makes ¾ cup dressing, enough for 6 servings (2 tablespoons each). 1 recipe of dressing will dress 8-10 cups salad.
- Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator and use within 4 days.
- Make the dressing your own: Try adding a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, a minced clove of garlic, or a pinch of red pepper flakes.
- Mike's Way: This reminds me of the dressing they use at Jersey Mike's. It's great on sandwiches!