Ways to Save: Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

We’re doing a series to see just how much money you can save this school year if you change up a few items in your home to a DIY project instead of just grabbing it at the grocery store. This is the first of many ways that we’ll use to show you how you can save over $200 this year!

Sick of paying top dollar for sad salad dressings tainted by artificial taste? You can easily make your own vinaigrette with just a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Stay tuned for a creamy dressing recipe on the blog soon.

This vinaigrette recipe is easy and versatile. Create your own variations by adding minced garlic or herbs, or substituting with different types of vinegars. Making it in a jar with a lid makes the mixing simple, but you can also make it in a bowl, just whisk the olive oil last. The secret to a smooth, creamy vinaigrette is the Dijon mustard, which acts as an emulsifier and keeps the dressing from separating.

Basic Vinaigrette
Serves: 8
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch sugar
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar. Shake vigorously until emulsified. Store in refrigerator for up to a month.
  2. Note: If your vinaigrette separates, just shake it up again before using.

Total cost of the portion of ingredients you use for this recipe, if you don’t already have all the ingredients on hand is $2.66.

A name brand vinaigrette dressing can cost upwards of $3.05 but usually has all kinds of additives and such in it. If you purchased a bottle of salad dressing per month, over a year you could save $5 and enjoy fresher taste! If you already have the ingredients on hand, you’re saving around $36 for the year!

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