Classic Italian Salad Dressing or Vinaigrette Recipe

Close up of vinegar and herbs/salt/pepper - prior to the olive oil being added.

Classic Italian Salad Dressing or Vinaigrette Recipe

We’re usually a bit more refined here at Scordo and don’t make crude remarks but we stand behind the following claim: folks who purchase bottled salad dressing are as misguided as people who have plastic plants in their home; so, next time you reach for your bottle of Kraft Ranch Dressing just whip up a bunch of the homemade salad dress:


  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil (if you can’t afford fancy oil use any vegetable oil, sure it won’t taste as good but still better than bottled dressing)
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Thyme (optional if you want to keep it Italian)
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard  (optional if you want to keep it Italian)
Adding olive oil to vinegar


Place the salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl and add vinegar first (this will help dissolve the salt) and mix well.  Next, add Thyme and mustard and beat once again.  Finally, slowly add the olive oil and beat/whisk until you have emulsification.

Note: most folks believe in a 1 to 3 ratio of oil to vinegar but I enjoy a slightly more acidic dressing.  Also, for those of you who like anchovies feel free to add a single, minced, anchovy (cured in salt or olive oil) to the mixture!

There we got the whole store bought salad dressing thing off our chest today, thank you for listening and making your own food at home.

Simple arugula with homemade dressing



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