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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13 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!

  8. Turned out REALLY food. Perfect proportions, great flavor. The tip about letting it sit for 15-20 minutes was night and day flavor difference. Definitely adding this to the family stapes.

  9. Wonderful and super easy recipe! I added a few splashes of extra red wine, and replaced the Dijon mustard for a 1:1 mix of mayo and spicy English mustard and it really worked well. As others have mentioned, it sticks to the lettuce well and only needs a little for a lot of yummy flavor.

  10. This was amazing

  11. this is the best dressing ever I would definitely make again! definitely 5 stars I would do more if I could!!!!

  12. This is my FAVORITE salad dressing. It is perfectly sweet and tangy at the same time. I love, love, love it!

  13. I didn’t have dijon mustard so I used 1 teaspoon of dry mustard and it came out delish.