We all know unhealthy ingredients slip into salad dressing, but you can make a simple vinaigrette at home. The formula is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You may use olive oil, but any good vegetable oil will work, even flavored oils. Apple cider vinegar works, but I prefer balsamic or red wine vinegar. Flavored vinegars or citrus juice may be also substituted.
Add desired seasonings to the vinegar in a small bowl. Add oil slowly in a small stream while beating with a wire whisk. Beat until the oil is incorporated into the dressing. This creates an “emulsion” so the dressing does not instantly separate. This may also be done in a blender.
That’s the basic vinaigrette. Jazz it up with mustard, honey, finely chopped garlic or onion, any herbs and spices your heart desires.