My FAVORITE white wine vinaigrette is the perfect blend of sweet, savory and tangy, and can be prepped in under 5 minutes!
It’s definitely convenient to go for a store-bought salad dressing, but once you read the label filled with unpronounceable ingredients? Kind of scary.
I’ve been making this white wine vinaigrette for years…in fact, you’ve seen it in MANY recipes on this site already. It’s definitely time to give this recipe it’s own post.
I LOVE this white wine vinaigrette because:
- it’s super simple (only 4 ingredients!)
- is easy to customize with different flavors (see more on this below)
- and goes with pretty much everything (it’s the magical ingredient to make all the flavors in your salad stand out!)
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How to make a white wine vinaigrette
It’s so simple and requires just four pantry staples:
- White wine vinegar- NOT to be confused with white vinegar. White wine vinegar is far less sharp and acidic than white vinegar. It is more neutral in flavor than red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar (which I find to have a slightly sweet taste). It is tangier than apple cider vinegar and a better choice in a vinaigrette (in my opinion!)
- Olive oil- I opt for a good quality olive oil when making a vinaigrette, so I pick extra virgin olive oil.
- Dijon- I am not a mustard fan, but adding just a smidge of dijon to a vinaigrette helps bring all the flavors together. It is an emulsifier, which is fancy speak that means it prevents the oil and vinegar from immediately separating.
- Honey or maple syrup- we don’t use much, but adding a sweetener really rounds out the flavors. Without it, the dressing is just tangy and flat.
What goes well with a white wine vinaigrette?
This dressing is such a neutral one that it goes well on any salad…seriously! If you are looking for a good all-purpose dressing, this is the one for you.
Here are some ways you can use this white wine vinaigrette:
- in a barley-based salad like these Cauliflower Cashew Lunch Bowls or these Chickpea, Barley & Butternut Squash Lunch Bowls or this Summer Barley Salad with Grilled Corn & Blueberries
- on a simple cucumber salad like this Spiralized Cucumber Salad with Feta & Mint or a watermelon salad like this Arugula and Watermelon Salad in a Jar
- on a spinach salad like this Apple Bacon Spinach Salad, this Pear, Gouda and Hazelnut Spinach Salad, Corn & Peach Salad with Crispy Prosciutto
- on a bulgur wheat salad like these Meal Prep Chopped Chickpea Salads
- on a quinoa salad like these Strawberry Quinoa Spinach Jar Salads or this Charred Corn Salad with Feta, Mint & Quinoa
Add some extra pizzazz to this white wine vinaigrette!
The base white wine vinaigrette recipe is so fun to play around with. So many of my vinaigrette recipes on this blog are slight variations on this base.
- add some chili powder, garlic and lime juice and you’ve got a chili lime vinaigrette
- add some chili powder, paprika, cumin and lime juice and you’ve got a fajita vinaigrette
- add some sesame oil and you’ve got a sesame vinaigrette
- add some lemon juice and zest and you’ve got a honey lemon vinaigrette
- add some herbs like basil and oregano for an italian version
Looking for more dressing or vinaigrette recipes?
- Check out this Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
- This Easy Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette
- This 5-Minute Asian Salad Dressing
- This Fresh Rasbperry Basil Vinaigrette
- This Roasted Strawberry Black Pepper Vinaigrette
- This 4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
Denise's Favorite White Wine Vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar *
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- salt & pepper
- Shake together all ingredients.
- Keeps in the fridge for up to one week.