Red Wine Vinaigrette

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This classic Red Wine Vinaigrette recipe is super versatile, it only takes a few minutes to whip up, and it always tastes SO delicious!

The BEST Red Wine Vinaigrette recipe! It's quick and easy to make, super versatile, and it doubles as a delicious salad dressing and marinade! |

As many of you may have noticed over the years, there seems to be a bit of a trend with many of the salad (and pasta salad!) recipes here on the blog:

SO many of them are tossed with a red wine vinaigrette. ¬†ūüôą

What can I say? ¬†It’s one of my all-time favorite dressings! ¬†It’s ultra quick and easy to whip up. ¬†It’s made with ingredients I always have on hand. ¬†It’s wildly versatile, and compliments nearly any kind of salad. ¬†And it’s consistently so freaking¬†delicious.

Seriously, this is one of those classic¬†recipes in life that I recommend every cook memorize so that you can always have it in your back pocket. ¬†And I’m pretty certain that your salads¬†will be all the more delicious for it. ¬†ūüėČ

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To make the vinaigrette, simply whisk all of your ingredients together in a bowl until combined. ¬†Or — my favorite method — add¬†the ingredients¬†to¬†a mason jar, then cover and give everything¬†a good shake-shake-shake until combined.

I love this classic recipe.  But there are endless ways you could also customize it, such as:

  • adding in a tablespoon or two of mayo or Greek yogurt to make it¬†creamy
  • adding in extra lemon juice to make it really tangy
  • adding in some tahini to give it a Mediterranean twist
  • adding in some Parmesan, to make it extra¬†cheesy
  • swap out the Italian seasoning for chopped fresh herbs, or a different dried seasoning blend
  • etc.

I recommend it on:

Really, you¬†hardly can go wrong with a classic red wine vinaigrette. ¬†So here’s my favorite recipe for how to make it!


Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 3/4 cup 1x


This classic Red Wine Vinaigrette recipe is quick and easy to make, super versatile, and totally delicious! ¬†Feel free to customize it however you’d like, using the suggestions mentioned in the post above.



  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons¬†red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely¬†minced
  • 2¬†teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1¬†teaspoon dried Italian seasonings¬†(or dried oregano*)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • (optional: 1 tablespoon honey to sweeten, if desired)


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.  (Or shake together in a sealed mason jar or bottle until combined.)  Add in 1-2 tablespoons honey to taste, if you would like a sweeter dressing.
  2. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.


*Oregano is a slightly more versatile option here.

**The top photo pictures a double batch of this recipe.

Be sure to also check out my other favorite salad dressings!

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7 comments on “Red Wine Vinaigrette”

  1. 5 stars
    I was looking for a fresh, new recipe for my family. Found this one and took a roll of the dice and ended up being the big winner! This dressing is VERY flavorful and sticks to the salad. You only need a couple of teaspoons on an average plate of side salad. It’s a refreshing, Italian-tasting vinaigrette. I did not add any honey as was suggested as an option, but might consider it for a summer salad. Definitely adding this one to the family favorites category.

  2. 5 stars
    I came across this dressing because I ran out of balsamic vinegar and needed to improvise. What a find! It’s now my new favourite and I have shared with friends who love it like I do. No need to add honey to this favorful dressing!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a very good simple recipe that can be made with staples on hand. I needed a red wine vinaigrette for a lovely Cobb Salad. After tasting, it was perfect but, the young ones might like something a bit more tame. I added about 1/4 cup mayonnaise and it did the trick, (plus, amped the volume a bit. Yay! Leftovers!). However, the dressing truly is great tasting as-is. I did not add sweetener to keep it Keto. Thanks for the recipe. I will keep this one handy!

  4. 5 stars
    Whoa! added another 1/2 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoonof salt …So fresh and tasty …Just great!

  5. 5 stars
    I absolutely loved this dressing for my favorite pasta salad! Perfect combination of ingredients. I did add about a tablespoon of lemon juice to give it more zip.

  6. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious ! Added 1/2 packet of Stevia to add a little sweetness.

  7. Incredible! I’ve been buying the premade salads at the store and decided to do it myself. Could not find a red wine vinaigrette at the store so thought I’d try the first one I found on google.. wow I am beyond happy at how delicious this dressing is. I didn’t know how much I needed this in my life!! Will definitely be making again.. and again.. and again!