Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

I love vinaigrette Salad dressings. Most of all my all time favourite has always been the one they use on their garden salad at East Side Mario’s.  After a couple different variations I have settled on this one as being the closest match I can make from home at a much more affordable price then buying it from them. This is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. After showing you how to make this delicious dressing , we’re going to go over how to make a close rendition of their garden salad at home as well.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 10

What you will need:

  • 1 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon  table salt
  • 2 Teaspoons White Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano, ground
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Thyme


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Step 1.  Add all wet ingredients together into a large mixing bowl.

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Step 2. Now add all of your dry ingredients to the bowl. Make sure to grind up your oregano if it isn’t already. Using a fork whisk this together until blended.

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Step 3.  Now place into a container or cruet and place in the fridge to cool. The longer you leave this dressing to cool and sit in the fridge the better it will get. I recommend approximately 45 minutes before using it.  * I have used one of my Epicure cruet’s that I had , and the rest I placed in a zip locking top container.

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Now to make the salad

Prep time: 10  Minutes

Serves: 1

What you will need:

  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes choped ( to keep it more like the original use grape tomatoes-about 8)
  • 1 small red onion sliced -only need 6 rings
  • 1 cup seasoned croutons
  • 4 -5 Tablespoons of homemade dressing

Step 1.  To keep this as authentic to the original as possible, we start with iceberg lettuce.  Make sure to wash your lettuce before use. Break leafs into chunks and place in salad spinner after washing to drain.

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Step 2.  Now remove just the strainer and slice your onion and tomatoes. Place into salad and finally add the croutons.

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Step 3.  Now drizzle on your homemade dressing and mix.  Now it is ready to serve.

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Author: Crystal Gard

I’m a 30 year old Canadian with 3 adorable cats! I’m an avid reader, scrapbooker, blogger, crafter including jewelery making , mixed media art, and watercolour art, among many others and of course cat lover!


20 thoughts on “Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  1. Elizabeth O. says:

    I love making my own vinaigrette! Especially during the summer when we pretty much eat salad during lunch time. I think this is great and packed with flavor!

  2. That dressing sounds fabulous, there’s so much flavor in it! What I love about dressings is that they are so easy to make and you can make one huge batch ahead of time. Thanks for the recipe, it’s worth a try!

  3. Rosey says:

    You know, I’ve never made it at home. How silly of me…and I’m not young, so there’s no excuses either. Think I’ll pop this one out today, we have all of the ingredients already in the house.

  4. I do always love to make salad dressings on my own, but never done a vinaigrette dressing before. The recipe looks so easy to do and the ingredients used makes it an amazing one to try out.

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