Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

Here is an easy apple cider vinegar salad dressing that you can make in a flash. Just put all of the ingredients in a jar, give a shake, and serve! Add your own choice of spices for a personalized oil and vinegar salad dressing.

Once you know how to make homemade salad dressing, you'll never want to buy bottled dressing again!

Homemade salad dressing

  • is more economical
  • is healthier
  • tastes better
  • uses fewer resources

Since making salad dressing is so easy, you can make just enough for a meal or two - no more old outdated bottles of dressing hiding at the back of the fridge!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • cider vinegar
    • vegetable oil
    • salt
    • sugar
    • garlic
    • pepper
    • dried basil
    • dried oregano

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • bottled lemon juice

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a garlic press
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a salad dressing bottle or small pitcher
    • a tiny whisk (for mixing the dressing in the pitcher before serving)

The recipe

1/4 cup/60 mL cider vinegar

2/3 cup/150 mL vegetable oil

1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

1/2 tsp/2 mL sugar

1 clove garlic, pressed

1/4 tsp/1 mL pepper

1/2 tsp/2 mL basil

1/2 tsp/2 mL oregano

1/2 tsp/2 mL lemon juice

1 Tbsp/15 mL water

Place all of the ingredients in the jar.

Fasten the lid securely.

Shake the jar until the ingredients are well combined.

Pour the salad dressing into a salad dressing bottle, or into a small pitcher for serving.

Mix well before each use.


  • Use another vinegar in place of the cider vinegar.

  • Use fresh basil and fresh oregano in place of the dried herbs. You'll need about 1 tsp/5 mL or more of each.

  • Use fresh lemon juice instead of bottled juice.

Ideas for making this recipe your own

  • Add your own selection of herbs. Be creative! How about some thyme, or tarragon, or parsley? I wonder how a pinch of curry powder would work? Use your imagination!


  • The oil and vinegar layers will separate quickly. Be sure to mix the dressing thoroughly just before serving. If it is in a bottle or jar, give it a good shake. If it is in a pitcher, stir it well with a tiny whisk.

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