Quick Fix: Quick and Easy Salad Dressing

It’s easy to make your own salad dressing or vinaigrette. The simple rule to remember is one to three. That’s one part acid (vinegar, citrus juice) to three parts oil (extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, grapeseed oil).  Making your own fresh dressing takes only a moment and it gives you a chance to try out new flavor combinations, different vinegars and oils. Always taste and adjust the dressing’s acidity. Sometimes when dressing a more bitter salad like escarole or kale you might like the dressing to be more sharp. But then dressing a softer Boston lettuce salad would call for less sour so I might add a teaspoon or so of honey to round it out.

To dress a salad for four; the recipe looks something like this:

1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar of choice (balsamic, white wine, cider vinegar, etc.)

1/4 teaspoon salt

A few grinds of freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons olive oil (canola, grapeseed, walnut oil, etc)

1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Start out with the bowl in which you will toss your salad. Add the vinegar or citrus juice, a little salt and pepper and mustard. Stir to dissolve the salt then whisk in your oil of choice. Taste and add the honey if you think it needs it. Dump in the greens and other salad fixings and toss to coat them with the vinaigrette. It’s that easy.

Carla Snyder
Posted by: Carla Snyder
Carla has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, food writer and author of 6 cook books including the James Beard nominated Big Book of Appetizers. Her passion is sharing fresh, cooked-from-scratch weeknight meals that cut prep time and practically eliminate that nightly sink full of dishes. Look for Carla on Facebook, Twitter (carlacooks), Pinterest and at ravenouskitchen.com where she blogs about everything from cooking for two to easy weekend entertaining for a crowd.


  1. I am looking forward to your garden celebration. I always buy my pots of
    flowers there. I buy them at your Bay Village place. I have never been disappointed. The plants are good quality. I don’t have to travel around to different places looking for plants.

    Estelle Green

    1. Hi Estelle, thank you for you wonderful comments about our annual Garden Celebration. This year’s celebration is fast approaching and we’re excited for it to arrive. Thank you for being a loyal Heinen’s customer and have a great day!

  2. Good afternoon, first off I would like to say that I love your store. I have a few items that I go to your store especially for. One of them is the nine grain bread from the bakery. The past few times I just assumed you were sold out and I tried some other varieties. But hands down my favorite is the nine grain loaf. You can imagine my dissatisfaction when I asked about it and found out it’s been discontinued. Another issue is the bread slicer that can slice extra thin slices seems to be down every time I go there. Can you PLEASE fix the bread slicer and bring back the nine grain bread at the bakery. Thank you kindly.

    1. Hi Anne Marie, Thank you for you compliments about our stores and we appreciate your feedback about the recent changes to our artisan bread selection. We’ve passed your feedback along to our bakery director and will be sure to let you know should anything change. As for the store bread slicer, if you could let us know at which store you’re shopping, we’ll be sure to alert the bakery manager of this issue. Thanks again for your feedback and thank you for shopping at Heinen’s.

  3. Good Afternoon, I happen to love shopping at Heinen’s stores. I shop mostly at the SOM/Wilson Mills store. My concern about that store is that it is like winter in there all summer. No matter what the temperature is outside I always have to put a jacket or sweater on before entering and can’t wait to get out of the store. I have spoken to the employees and many of them say the same. I have expressed my concern (and the concern of many shoppers) that it is not a pleasant experience shopping there. I wonder why the AC can’t be adjusted to a comfortable temperature. I also shop at the Pinetree Store and it is very comfortable. I hope the air conditioner can be adjusted so that we can enjoy our shopping experience and perhaps browse through the aisles in comfort.

    1. Good Afternoon Sandra – We do appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and have passed it along to store management. Thank you for shopping with us!

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