All-Purpose Vinaigrette


Say hello to your new go-to salad dressing! pwwb All-Purpose Vinaigrette is aptly named since you can use it on pretty much anything: simple salads, roasted chicken, grilled veggies & more! Made with minimal pantry ingredients, each packing a punch of flavor, this all-purpose vinaigrette is easy to make, perfect for meal prep, & can be used on just about anything. Get ready to fall in love!

All-purpose vinaigrette in jar, sitting on gray wooden slab. sliced lemon wedges in foreground, blue napkin in background.

This post is sponsored by DeLallo Foods, who I’m so excited to partner & share with you all throughout 2019. Their Extra Virgin Olive Oil is truly always within arm’s reach in my kitchen. All thoughts & opinions are my own. ?

All purpose vinaigrette in jar set on white marble backdrop. Spoon coming out of jar. Cracked black pepper on surface of salad dressing. Lemons in the background.

Tangy, bright, garlicky & slightly sweet, All-Purpose Vinaigrette is absolutely addictive. I could honestly eat it with a spoon!

Drawing inspiration from the pwwb all-purpose grilling marinade (pwwb’s most loved recipe this summer!), I really wanted to create an easy vinaigrette recipe that would pair with practically everything. Enter this thing of beauty, the pwwb All-Purpose Vinaigrette.

This simple vinaigrette recipe calls for minimal ingredients, but each packs a mean punch of flavor: golden balsamic vinegar for sweet tang, lemon juice for brightness, Dijon for extra tang, garlic for bite, & honey or maple syrup to balance it all out with some sweetness.

& my very favorite part? You can serve it up with almost anything. The sweetness & subtlety of the golden balsamic vinegar makes it a great pair for delicate greens like spinach or arugula, while the garlic & Dijon give it the oomph to stand up to hearty ingredients like kale or brussels sprouts.

My go-to pairing? A simple arugula salad with roasted chicken, veggies & goat cheese. ? You really can’t go wrong.

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One of my favorite things about this simple vinaigrette recipe is that it’s made with simple pantry staple ingredients you probably already have on hand, like:

  • olive oil
  • golden balsamic vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • dijon mustard
  • garlic
  • honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
  • kosher salt

That’s it! Simple, right?

When it comes to olive oil, I’m of course partial to DeLallo’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil! I’ve had the opportunity to work with this olive oil in my kitchen on a daily basis for the past year. It’s truly the best!

DeLallo’s is a 100% authentic Italian olive oil, made with a blend of 4 different olives grown in Southern Italy. The oil is extracted with a cold-press process, meaning no chemicals or heat is used in the extraction process that would harm the integrity of the olives. The olive oil retains its flavor, as well as its nutritional benefits. ?? Grab yourself a bottle & get ready to fall in love!!!DeLallo olive oil bottle shown on a white marble surface surrounded by lemon wedges, whole garlic cloves & parsley.

How to make All-Purpose Vinaigrette:

Note: full directions are listed in the Recipe Card, below.

Making a batch of all-purpose vinaigrette couldn’t be simpler. Add all of the ingredients to a jar. Seal it up & give it a good shake. Voila! Your all-purpose vinaigrette is ready! I like using mason jars because the measure lines are right along the side of the jar – no need to dirty extra measuring cups or spoons = win!

If you want your vinaigrette to be super smooth & creamy, as shown here, simply add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender & blend to combine. The powerful blades of the blender or food processor will emulsify the olive oil & the vinegar. This will result in that super creamy, dreamy texture found in store-bought salad dressings, & the vinaigrette shouldn’t separate much as it sits.

All purpose vinaigrette in jar set on white marble backdrop. Lemons in the background.


All-purpose vinaigrette will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

How to use All-Purpose Vinaigrette:

As its name would suggest, the beauty of this recipe is that you can use this all-purpose vinaigrette on pretty much anything! It’s light & slightly sweet enough to pair well with delicate greens, but also has enough oomph to stand up to heartier ingredients.

Some of my favorite ways to use all-purpose vinaigrette include:

  • A simple arugula salad with roasted chicken, veggies & goat cheese (my go-to!)
  • Massaged into kale (this kale salad is always a winner!)
  • Served with grilled veggies (like a plate of crispy charred asparagus, or an easy grilled vegetable platter)
  • Drizzled over roasted veggies (think: cauliflower, brussels sprouts)

The options are truly endless!

Other vinaigrette & salad dressing recipes you’ll love!:

In the mood for salad now? ME TOO. Here are a few other vinaigrette & salad recipes you’ll be just as obsessed with:

All purpose vinaigrette in jar with spoon drizzling vinaigrette back into jar. Set on white marble backdrop. Lemons in the background.

I hope you give this All-Purpose Vinaigrette recipe a try very soon – it’s going to take your salad game to the next level! If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. One of my favorite things is seeing your pwwb creations! ? 

Grab the full recipe below, & be sure to order yourself some DeLallo Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once you taste it, you’ll know why I’m so obsessed!

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All purpose vinaigrette in jar set on white marble backdrop. Spoon coming out of jar. Cracked black pepper on surface of salad dressing. Lemons in the background.

All-Purpose Vinaigrette

  • Author: jess larson | plays well with butter
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: salad dressing, salad, sauces & condiments
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: American, French


Say hello to your new go-to salad dressing: Use this pwwb All-Purpose Vinaigrette on pretty much anything: simple salads, roasted chicken, grilled veggies & more! Get ready to fall in love!




Add all listed ingredients to a jar. Seal & shake to combine. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy! 


  • For an extra creamy vinaigrette: You can emulate the creamy, dreamy texture of store-bought dressings & vinaigrettes by giving this all-purpose vinaigrette a whirl through a food processor or blender. The powerful rotation of the blades will emulsify the olive oil & the vinegar, resulting in a super creamy vinaigrette that shouldn’t separate as it sits. YUM.

Keywords: all-purpose vinaigrette

This All-Purpose vinaigrette recipe is part of pwwb’s Staple Vinaigrettes, a collection of easy vinaigrette recipes that pack big punches of flavor. Be sure to check it out!

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.


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