There are certain items that I will prep ahead of time to make my week infinitely easier. I love prepping a little jar of this everyday vinaigrette and keeping it in the fridge. Then I can grab it whenever I want to make a quick salad.
My sister Katherine can eat raw lettuce like spinach as a snack straight out of the fridge. I am not that kind of person. I need some flavor on my greens for them to be enjoyable.
This everyday vinaigrette definitely makes salads enjoyable for me. It is delicious on romaine, spinach, mixed greens and basically any other veggies you’d like! Its also delicious drizzled over blanched green beans.
Like I said, I have added this everyday vinaigrette to my weekly meal prep. I always prep some breakfast like these eggs bites, roasted veggies and usually some shredded chicken.
By prepping these 4 simple items I am able to throw together a meal at a moments notice. This everyday vinaigrette goes perfect on a simple salad made from my meal prepped items.
I want to take a moment to talk about store bought dressings. Other than Primal Kitchen Foods or Tessemae’s, there really aren’t healthy dressing items available. Dressings can also be quite pricey! Making dressing at home saves you money and is usually healthier.
To make this everyday vinaigrette you really only need one piece of kitchen equipment. To make mine I use my vitamix blender. Investing in a high powered blender for my kitchen is something that has made cooking easier and more appealing.
Other than making it easier to throw together, the reason you need a blender is to emulsify the oil and vinegar. Drizzling oil into the other ingredients slowly while the blender runs creates small air bubbles and leads to a thicker, creamier dressing.
The other item you might want when making this everyday vinaigrette is a glass jar to store it in. I like using a wide mouth ball jar or a weck jar like the one pictured above. The beauty of using a glass jar is that it looks pretty in the fridge and you can use them over and over again.
The basic and healthy ingredients you need to make this everyday vinaigrette are lemon juice, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil. If you are on the Whole30, be sure to check the ingredients of the dijon mustard, otherwise you should be good to go with the basic ingredients.
To make the dressing place all ingredients except for the olive oil in a blender and blend until fully combined. Then, with the blender running, slowly stream in the olive oil and blend until a smooth dressing is left.
Place the dressing in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until its gone. It doesn’t last very long in my fridge! Keep reading to find the whole recipe. As always, if you make this dressing, please let me know in the comments or on Instagram!
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
How to cook Basic Vinaigrette
- Add dijon mustard, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to a high speed blender
- Blend on medium until all ingredients are combined
- While the blender is running on medium-low slowly stream in olive oil and blender until a smooth mixture forms.
- Store dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator
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