Thick, creamy, and wonderfully sharp, this vinaigrette requires 8 ingredients and 2-minutes to throw together. Simple, clean and delicious, forget the store bought stuff because dressing your greens has never been easier.
💕Here’s Why You’ll Love This Recipe:
- It is clean eating, gluten free, keto-friendly and vegan/vegetarian friendly.
- It is far healthier than most store bought dressings that are full of things like stabilizers, preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial flavorings, and a whole lot of sugar.
- It requires 8 pantry staple ingredients and 2-minutes to make!
- The spices and sweetness can be tweaked to suit your personal taste and preference.
Is Homemade Salad Dressing Healthy?
When enjoyed in moderation to lightly dress and coat your greens, homemade salad dressing is much healthier than the store bought variety that often contains various emulsifiers, stabilizers, and other ingredients to preserve and extend their shelf life.
A quick search for the ingredient list one of the more common commercial brands of honey Dijon dressing reveals a total of 28 ingredients including four sweeteners, and seven different stabilizers and preservatives. 😱 Additionally the main oil used in most dressings tends to be the highly refined soybean oil which isn’t a clean label ingredient.
Here’s What Ingredients You’ll Need To Make This Salad Dressing:
- Extra Light Olive Oil: I like using extra light olive oil because of its neutral flavor profile.
- Distilled White Vinegar: The main flavor profile of our vinaigrette, this ingredient gives our dressing it’s tartness.
- Maple Syrup: This touch of sweetness helps to cut the acidity and balance all the flavors of this dressing. You can also use finely ground raw cane sugar, or honey (for non-vegans).
- Mustard: Stone Ground or Dijon mustard can be used.
- Salt: I’m using my favorite Himalayan pink salt but you can use sea salt if you prefer.
- Pepper: Pre- or Freshly-ground black pepper can be used.
- Garlic Powder: I prefer to use garlic powder but you can also use dried garlic flakes or fresh garlic.
- Oregano: Dried or fresh the option is yours.
Here’s How Easy It Is To Make This Vinaigrette:
Simply add all ingredients into a bowl and using an immersion blender, blend it for 10-15 seconds until it is smooth and creamy.
Why Use An Immersion Blender?
Using an immersion blender is the trick to getting this dressing to be smooth and thick and creamy. The immersion blender helps to emulsify our dressing. Since oil and water (vinegar in our case) don’t naturally bond and combine together we’re able to force them to by agitating them at very high speeds which causes their particles to collide and merge. Thanks to the addition of the mustard, sweetener and spices, it stabilizes our dressing and keeps it from separating.
Do I Need To Use An Immersion Blender?
You don’t but I highly recommend it if you’re after a thicker and creamier dressing. Other options to blend your dressing together include using a whisk, or placing your ingredients into a seal-able container like a mason jar, cover it tightly and vigorously shake it for 30-45 seconds. Note that with using both these methods you will still have some separation of oil so you will need to agitate/mix it before using and serving.
This post honestly doesn’t need to be any longer than this because we are done. Our luxuriously creamy and thick dressing is ready and all that’s left to do is drizzle a couple spoons of this tangy vinaigrette over your salad and indulge! 🥗 🤤
Simple Mustard Vinaigrette
- Add all the ingredients to a deep jar, bowl, or container, and blend together for 10-15 seconds using a stick/immersion blender until your dressing is smooth and creamy.ORIf you don't have an immersion blender, add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together for 1-2 minutes or place into a fully sealed, leak-proof jar or container and vigorously shake for 30-45 seconds.
- Store your dressing in an airtight jar or container in the fridge for up to 10 days. If your dressing separates, be sure to agitate (stir or shake) it to recombine before using.
- If your dressing separates, the oil might harden, this is normal and tends to happen if you haven't fully emulsified the mixture. Simple allow the dressing to come to room temperature and shake or stir to combine before using.