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Easy Mustard Vinaigrette ⋆ 100 Days of Real Food

    Easy Mustard Vinaigrette ⋆ 100 Days of Real Food

    This super simple mustard dressing is a great place to start when it comes to making the switch to real food. I’ve included some other tips and recipes to keep your salads fresh and fun, too!

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    Mustard Vinaigrette dressing poured over salad
    This dressing is so easy and delicious on a simple salad!

    Making your own homemade salad dressing is super easy to do and this Mustard Vinaigrette is no exception! Not only do you avoid unwanted additives (including refined sweetener), but the taste is far superior to the store-bought stuff.

    Just shake all the ingredients together in a jar and drizzle over your salad, chicken, or fish dishes for a little added flavor. There are so many variations you can create for a delicious addition to your meal.

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    Tried this last night for dinner and it was amazing! My extremely picky husband has been resistant to switching to real food, but I’m trying little by little. He loved this dressing on his salad.


    Dressing FAQs

    Ingredients Needed to Make Mustard Vinaigrette

    • olive oil – I recommend finding an organic extra-virgin olive oil.
    • white wine vinegar – You could also sub champagne vinegar.
    • Mustard – Just your regular yellow mustard will do, or you could use whole-grain or Dijon mustard.
    • Salt – Not too much, just a 1/4 teaspoon.
    • Garlic – One clove peeled and thinned.
    • Paprika – Just a pinch is needed.
    • Pepper – To taste.

    How to Make Easy Mustard Dressing

    Simply combine all your ingredients in a jar (or the bottle mentioned below), screw a lid on the top, and shake to mix! The dressing will naturally separate over time, so you may need to shake it up more if you’re having it leftover. While not necessary, if you emulsify it with an immersion blender or even a milk frother (like you’d use for a coffee), the dressing will take much longer to separate.

    The Best Salad Dressing Invention Ever!

    Salad dressing bottle that shows ingredients and measurements.
    Salad dressing bottle with recipes and measurements.

    This bottle may not look like much, but detailed on the side are 8 different salad dressing recipes in a “fill to here” type fashion. It does call for some refined oils and such, but nothing that can’t easily be substituted for more wholesome ingredients.

    What Recipes are Included on the Bottle?

    The recipes include Asian, Caesar, French, Greek, Italian, Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Honey Mustard—all of which you can make and store in this bottle.

    Perfect for Gifts

    We’ve had ours for several years now, and we absolutely love it! Many of our family and friends also now have one of these salad dressing bottles because one holiday season I went a little crazy and bought one for just about everybody I know. I just love practical gifts and at less than $12 a pop this one is hard to beat. 🙂

    What to do With Homemade Salad Dressing

    Homemade dressings only last about a week so you’ll need to meal plan if you want to use it up.

    • Salads: You can use this mustard vinaigrette dressing on any type of salad but it’s especially great on mild-flavored mixed salad greens.
    • Marinade: Cover chicken or pork in mustard vinaigrette and let it sit overnight to marinade before cooking.
    • Pasta salad: Start with cooled or leftover whole grain pasta and add in some fresh veggies like cucumber, green pepper, and red onion. Toss with mustard dressing.
    • Sandwich topping: Add a splash of homemade dressing to a meat sandwich for extra flavor.

    Why Does Homemade Oil Vinaigrette Get Hard in the Fridge?

    If you haven’t made an oil based homemade vinaigrette before it can be a little disappointing to find your dressing hardened or thickened after a few hours in the fridge. This is normal! When exposed to cold temperatures, olive oil solidifies to a consistency that resembles butter.

    The good news is that once an oil based dressing warms up it will be back to normal. Make sure you let your oil sit out a bit before using it, and don’t forget to shake the bottle before each use in case any ingredients have separated.

    Does This Vinaigrette Dressing Use Yellow Mustard or Dijon?

    I made my dressing with yellow mustard, but you could use organic Dijon mustard too. Compared to yellow mustard’s mild flavor, Dijon typically has more tang and spice. If you decide to use Dijon mustard in your homemade vinaigrette dressing, choose a variety that doesn’t have large seeds.

    How to Use Dry Mustard Powder Instead of Prepared Mustard

    Using dry mustard powder in this recipe is also an option, but it may not turn out the same. Mustard powder is just ground up mustard seeds; it’s much spicier than prepared mustard. Prepared mustard also includes other spices to help give it a balanced flavor.

    If you want to use mustard powder, only use 1/3 of a teaspoon. You can always add more to adjust for taste. If you find your vinaigrette lacking flavor with just mustard powder, add more garlic and paprika.

    Can I Add Honey to Make a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette?

    Yes! I was trying to avoid added sugar in this recipe, but if you want a sweeter homemade dressing honey is a great real food ingredient for vinaigrette. To make honey mustard vinaigrette, simply add a teaspoon of honey to your dressing. Adjust to taste as needed.

    Is This Easy Mustard Dressing Healthy?

    Healthy eating looks different for every family. In our house, anything made with real food ingredients and no added sugar is considered healthy; especially something like salad dressing that’s used to top leafy greens!

    All the fat in this recipe comes from olive oil, which is considered a healthy fat. If you choose organic, whole grain mustard there’s also no added sugar or highly processed ingredients.

    While we don’t have any complex dietary needs in our house, the low carb count in this easy mustard dressing makes it a diabetic friendly salad dressing option.

    Other Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

    After you make the Easy Mustard Vinaigrette dressing recipe below, here are some more dressing recipe ideas to try!

    Salad Recipes

    If you love salads, here are some of my favorites to try.

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