How to Make Five-Ingredient Vinaigrette Dressing

Updated on January 23, 2020
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I am a chef on a luxury world cruise liner. I love to cook and write recipes that are inspired by foods from all over the world.

Vinaigrette is a basic salad dressing that is made with oil, vinegar, and seasoning. The typical vinaigrette ratio is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. There are a variety of oils and vinegars that may be used in making a vinaigrette. This particular recipe contains only five ingredients, and it's quick and easy to make. I enjoy serving this dressing with many types of salads.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Approximately 1/2 cup


  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste


For Making the Five-Ingredient Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 3 small bowls
  • measuring spoons

For Storing:

  • bottle or dispenser


  1. Transfer and dilute sugar with vinegar in a squeeze bottle or any container with a lid.
  2. Add the vegetable oil.
  3. Cover the bottle or container. Shake it until everything is mixed thoroughly.
  4. Season the vinaigrette dressing with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and shake the container to mix all of the ingredients completely.
  6. Store the vinaigrette inside the refrigerator for future use.

Vinaigrette Dressing Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  • Use artificial sweetener to make it an ideal salad dressing for diabetic patients.
  • Replace regular oil with olive oil to create a healthier version.
  • Regular oil may solidify if stored inside the refrigerator. In order to prevent this from happening, use olive oil.
  • Adjust the amount if you opt to use other types of vinegar.
  • Combine all ingredients in a jar. Close the lid and shake until everything is well mixed.
  • Try serving this vinaigrette with my egg salad.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      19 months ago from Manila

      Hello Eric,

      Me too. I like to lessen the amount of oil in my dressing as I don't like too much grease drizzled on top of my healthy salad. Have a wonderful day!

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      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great job here. I like tweaking and changing mine around and this looks tasty. I like to increase vinegar and decrease oil and I try some without....

      I love my salads!

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      19 months ago from Manila

      Hi Mary,

      Me too! I love eating salads. Mostly I like thick dressings rather than a vinaigrette. Though I must say that I really enjoyed my vinaigrette with my egg salad.

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      Mary Norton 

      19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love making my own salad dressing and love to experiment with flavours but they always have these basic ingredients you included here.


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